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Portuguese Brazil

o Papa é argentino, mas Deus é brasileiro

Expression USED On Occasion BY Adults

(the Pope is Argentine, but God is Brazilian) • It is used whenever Brazil faces or is compared to Argentina. You can also just say "God is Brazilian" when something good happens in Brazil.

"Acho que a Argentina ganha a próxima copa" "Não mesmo! O papa é argentino, mas Deus é brasileiro"

"I think Argentina wins the next world cup" "No way! The Pope is Argentine, but God is Brazilian"

Confirmed by 2 people

French French speaking countries

que dalle

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

Nothing at all.

"'Y a que dalle dans le frigo, faut qu'on fasse des courses."

"There's nothing at all in the fridge, we must do the grocery shopping."

Spanish Spanish speaking countries

rizar el rizo

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to curl the curl) • To make something more complicated than it should be / to add something really unnecessary.

"Le iba a poner flecos a las mangas de mi chaqueta, pero me parecía mucho rizar el rizo"

"I was going to put fringe on the sleeves of my jacket, but I thought it was curling the curl"

Confirmed by 3 people

Portuguese Brazil

tirar o cavalinho da chuva

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(to take the little horse off the rain) • When someone should not get their hopes up.

"Mãe, posso jogar videogame?" "Pode tirar o cavalinho da chuva porque você precisa estudar pra prova."

"Mom, can I play videogame?" "You can take the little horse off the rain because you need to study for the test."

Dutch Netherlands

vlees noch vis

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(neither meat nor fish) • When something or someone is neither one nor the other, doesn’t belong to anything specific.

“Deze publicatie is vlees nog vis, is het dagboek of een autobiografie? “

"This publication is neither meat nor fish, is it a dairy or an autobiography?"

Confirmed by 2 people

Dutch Netherlands

feest der herkenning

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(party of recognition) • An experience that is enjoyable because it evokes a feeling of recognition.

"Ik vond vorige week al mijn oude LP's. Ik heb ze meteen opgezet, en het was echt een feest der herkenning."

"I found all my old LPs last week. I put them on immediately, and it was a real party of recognition."

French France

tout ça pour ça

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(all of this for this) • Used when you have put much effort into something and are disappointed of the outcome.

"J'ai révisé toute la semaine pour cet examen et je n'ai eu que 8 !" "Tout ça pour ça !"

"I studied the whole week for this exam and I only got an 8!" "All of this for this!"

Confirmed by 3 people

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Dutch Netherlands

flauwe grap

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(weak joke) • A bad joke.

"Jeetje, wat een flauwe grap."

"Geez, what a weak joke."

Confirmed by 2 people

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Portuguese Brazil

virado no Jiraya

Expression USED On Occasion BY Teens

(to be acting like Jiraya) • When someone's very angry because something upsetting happened, or simply woke up in a bad mood, they are "like Jiraya".

"Elisa ficou virada no Jiraya quando viu que ficou em terceiro lugar no concurso."

"Elisa started acting like Jiraya after she discovered that she got third place in the contest. "

French France

C'est comme pisser dans un violon.

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(It's like pissing in a violin.) • Used to describe something useless and ineffective, or to complain about not being listened to after asking somebody to do something. Pissing in a violin is ineffective, it won't make a sound.

"Quand je demande à ma fille de ranger ma chambre, c'est comme pisser dans un violon !"

"When I ask my daughter to clean her room, it's like pissing in a violin!"

Confirmed by 2 people

Spanish Spain

llamar a Juan/a Braulio

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(to call Juan/Braulio) • To vomit.

"No se encuentra bien, se ha ido a llamar a Braulio."

"He doesn't feel alright, he went to call Braulio."

Polish Poland

zmienić płytę

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(to change the record) • it's used when one's run out of patience and got fed up with hearing the same, usually negative thing, and want the other person to stop saying whatever it is they were saying

"Marcel wczoraj zszedł się z Aurelią, jak nic niedługo znowu zerwą, kto by tam z nim wytrzymał..." "Zmień płytę, dobra? Wiem, że im nie kibicujesz, ale Marcel to mój przyjaciel, więc zachowaj to dla siebie, z łaski swojej!"

"Marcel got together with Aurelia yesterday, I bet they're going to break up again soon tho, I mean, who would put up with him..." "Change the record, will ya? I know you're not rooting for them, but Marcel is my friend, so be so kind and keep it to yourself!"

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French | Québécois Québec, Canada

tomber dans sa semaine

Expression USED Very frequently BY Usually younger people

(to fall in one's week) • Used as a euphemism to mean “starting your period”.

“As-tu un tampon? Je viens de tomber dans ma semaine.”

“Do you have a tampon? I just fell in my week.”

Italian Tuscany, especially in Florence and Livorno, Italy

il marchese

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(the marquis) • Used to indicate menstruation in some parts of Tuscany. It is actually "the red marquis", literally "the marquis dressed in red". It is used with the metaphor of a visit.

"Non mi va di andare a nuotare oggi, c'ho il marchese." "Il marchese doveva venire già da un po', mi inizio a preoccupare."

"Sorry I don't feel like swimming today, I have the marquis." "The marquis was supposed to visit but he didn't, I'm starting to worry."

Confirmed by 2 people

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French French speaking countries

avoir ses ragnagnas

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

Used informally to refer to menstruation.

"J’ai mes ragnagnas."

"I’m on my period."

Confirmed by 2 people

Slovenian Slovenia

teta s Krvavca

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(aunt from Krvavec) • It is an euphemism for period. Krvavec is a slovene mountain; krvav means bloody.

"Že dolgo me ni obiskala teta s Krvavca."

"My aunt from Krvavec hasn't visited me in a long time."

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Dutch Netherlands

je op glad ijs begeven

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(to find yourself on slippery ice) • To be in a situation where you have to be very careful, or else you will get into trouble.

"Let op je woorden, jongedame. Je begeeft je op glad ijs."

"Watch your language, young lady. You are on slippery ice."

Confirmed by 2 people

Italian Italy

ho le mie cose

Expression USED Very frequently BY Women

(I have my things) • It litterally means 'I have my things' and it refers to the menstrual period.

"Lasciami stare che ho le mie cose."

"Let me be, I have my things."

Confirmed by 3 people

Dutch Netherlands

houtje touwtje

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

(little wood little rope) • When something is not really well put together, as if it were handcrafted from only wood and rope.

"Het achterlicht van de auto ging stuk, voor het moment heb ik het houtje touwtje gerepareerd"

"The backlight of my car was broke, for the moment I fixed it little wood little rope"

Confirmed by 2 people

Spanish Mexico

Se me está descongelando el bistec

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(My steak is defrosting) • It's a way to indicate that someone is menstruating. You say this because when you defrost a steak (or any piece of meat) there's blood coming out of it.

"Hoy no iré a clase de natación porque se me está descongelando el bistec."

"I won't be on swimming class today because my steak is defrosting."

Confirmed by 2 people