The Bees Knees

the bee’s knees: phrase of bee

informal: an outstandingly good person or thing.

Sample Sentence:

All my sports car needs is a little fine-tuning to make it the bee’s knees.”

can be found below the translation exercises.

Translate the Text into English: Übersetzen:

Susann, Faten, Rico, Heike, Simone and Frank.



Oh nein, es regnet stark.

Es ist sehr warm.

Es ist zu warm heute.

Ja, das Wetter ist sehr schlecht.

Ist es warm heute?

Regnet es sehr stark?

Das Wetter ist schlecht im Herbst.

Oh nein, es schneit sehr stark.

Es ist kalt im Herbst.

Ist das Wetter schlecht heute?

Wandern Sie oft, Herr Musil?

Es ist zu warm heute.

Oh nein, es schniet sehr stark.

Ja, das Wetter ist sehr schlecht.

Wandern Sie im Winter, Herr M?

Es ist bewölkt / bedeckt / wolkig im Herbst.

Es ist nie Warm im Winter.

Es ist sehr schön heute.

Wie ist das Wetter in Wien.

Es schneit stark.

Regnet es sehr stark?

Oh, Sie wandern nie, Frau Graf?

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Some English idioms and special English words:

Bob’s your Uncle – there you have it or there it is. (“And Fanny’s your Aunt“).

Cool as a cucumber – calm and composed. James Bond is always as cool as a cucumber. The British are always as cool as a cucumber, but some other countries are just ‘HOT HEADS!’ I wonder which countries you think these are????

Hold your horses – too fast to act before they think or speak or when they are impatient.

Hold your horses I haven’t even bought my Lear Jet yet, so you will have to wait to go on a flight to Paris in it!

It’s raining cats and dogs – a heavy rain. “I always wonder how those cats and dogs got into the atmosphere, perhaps they have influence withBlue Origin‘”?????

It’s all Greek to me – something is hard to understand. “I’ve never tried to learn Greek, but then again if I did, then it still be ‘all Greek to me!‘”

Best thing since sliced bread – something that works well or is a good invention. “What I’d like to know is what was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread????

To pick someone’s brain” – to ask someone to share knowledge on a subject they may be an expert.

“It is my opinion that as every year goes by that there are fewer and fewer people who are eligible to have their brains ‘picked’, as the general standard of general knowledge, good sense, or even practical sense has long gone for the majority of the population.”

Everything but the kitchen sink – everything that you can think of or everything that is possible.

Many of us have wives that when they pack to go on holiday, they appear to take everything but the kitchen sink with them.

Running around like a headless chicken – doing something in a disorganised or ineffective manner, sometimes when under pressure.

“Too many people in society today run around like a headless chicken every time they hear a rumour that there will be some kind of shortage in the supply chain.”

For Donkey’s years – a long time. “I have come to the conclusion that Donkeys live for years according to this idiom.

It’s all gone pear-shaped” – when a situation gets worse or when we experience a failure,

“Cor blimey mate, everything has gone pear-shaped, since we allowed Amazon to start their own supermarkets! Now no one can buy food from any other supermarket but there’s!!!!!”

Cost an arm and a leg – something that is very expensive – actually more than you could afford.

Who could afford to have an arm and leg cut off their body?

I bought myself a new swimming pool and had it installed into my garden by the top firm in the country. Mind you, it cost me an arm and a leg, but I think that it was worth it! Just going for a quick dip!


Interesting English words

Her beau = boyfriend.

Sample Sentence:

Her beau came to call, but her parents did not like him.


Sample Sentence:

He rapidly began to disdain everything that the Government put out into the media.

sent away with a flea in his ear

Sample Sentence:

[British] to angrily reject someone’s suggestions or attempts to do something. An annoying hint or a stinging rebuke, as in He has a flea in his ear about their relationship, or If he doesn’t bring the right equipment, I’ll put a flea in his ear. This expression originated in French and has been used in English since the 1400s.

I was prepared to be met with hostility as another nosy outsider, even to be sent away with a flea in my ear.

brusque way (meaning: blunt, terse, abrupt, curt)

Sample Sentence:

1: markedly short and abrupt a brusque reply.

2: blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness was brusque with the customers.

She was brusque and candid, two traits he hadn’t yet got used to. Her tone was brusque. Brusque, impatient and sarcastic, her often abrasive manner rubbed many crewmembers up the wrong way. She took a bite of her sandwich and glanced up when he finally spoke, his tone brusque.


Sample Sentence:

“Politicians often have many sycophants (parasites, smoothies, crawlers) hanging around them trying to get some advantage from them; just like millionaires have many sycophants trying to get fame, position or money from them.”

plural noun: sycophants

a person who acts obsequiously (slavishly) towards someone important in order to gain an advantage. The adjective sycophantic is perfect for describing someone who uses flattery to get what they want. … You see sycophantic behaviour in Hollywood all the time, from red carpet interviews pouring flattery on movie stars to fawning autograph seekers.

quandary (dilemma, plight, difficulty, predicament) “to be in a quandary

a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.

Sample Sentence:

“Jake was in a quandary after hearing totally different information to what he had hoped.


adverb: adroitly in a clever or skilful way.

Sample Sentence:

They managed the evacuation adroitly.

trite adjective: trite; comparative adjective: triter; superlative adjective: tritest

(of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse.

Sample Sentence:

This point may now seem obvious and trite.

dilemmas plural noun: dilemmas a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable.

Sample Sentence:

She wants to make lots of money, but she also disapproves of it: Benni’s dilemma in a nutshell.

ploy nounplural noun: ploys: a cunning plan or action designed to turn a situation to one’s own advantage.

Sample Sentence:

“The store used a bait-and-switch ploy to get customers to buy a more expensive item. If the prosecutor’s ploy does not work, a guilty man could go free. The lender’s ploy is to offer you more money than requested while downplaying the increased rate of interest.”

scurrilously witty remarks (funny, sarcastic, amusing, humourous, facetious) remarks (comments, notes, points, words).

Sample Sentence:

The law affords them wide First Amendment protection even when they write scurrilous lies. (Richard Curtis).

1. Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language.

2. Expressed in vulgar, coarse, or abusive language.

3. Of a malicious or slanderous nature; defamatory:

cynicism noun: an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; scepticism.

Similar words: scepticism, doubt, distrust, mistrust, doubtfulness, suspicion, disbelief, incredulity, unbelief, scoffing, pessimism, negative thinking, negativity, world-weariness, disillusion, disenchantment, dubiety, sardonicism.


an inclination to question whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile; pessimism

cynicism about the future“. A school of ancient Greek philosophers were called ‘The Cynics’. They appear in the Book of Acts Chapters 17 – 18 where the Apostle Paul is ‘reasoning‘ daily with them. (NOTE: It depends on what translation of the Bible you read if the actual words The Cynics are used or not).

 Sample Sentence:

“There is a lot of cynicism in the world today!”


noun: protégé; plural noun: protégés; a person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person.

Sample Sentence:

“My protégé overtook me to become the Master, said Yoda to Skywalker.

Puskin submitted his protégé‘s name for election.

a slur on someone’s name/character. A slur is an insulting remark which could damage someone’s reputation. … If someone slurs their speech or if their speech slurs, they do not pronounce each word clearly, because they are drunk, ill, or sleepy.

Sample Sentence:

Calling me a liar, cheat, non-taxpayer, monopolist, and tyrant is a slur on my character and on my name,” said Mr Zuckberg. “But it’s perfectly true!” said Mr Trump. “I should know, as it takes one to know one….”

taciturnity (interesting ) temperamentally disinclined to talk. taciturn synonyms are reserved, reticent, secretive, and silent. Having its origin in the Latin tacitus, “silent,” taciturn came to be used in mid-18th-century English in the sense of “habitually silent.Taciturnity is often considered a negative trait, as it suggests someone is uncommunicative and too quiet.

Sample Sentence:

He was not greatly beloved by his clergy, who felt their intellectual distance too great, and were alternately frozen by his taciturnity and appalled by his sarcasm.

eschewing verb gerund or present participle: eschewing deliberately avoid using; abstain from.

Sample Sentence:

“They appealed to the crowd to eschew violence.”

pretension noun plural noun: pretensions a claim or assertion of a claim to something.

Sample Sentence:

His pretensions to the imperial inheritance.”

the use of affectation to impress; pretentiousness.

Sample Sentence:

“He spoke simply, without pretension.

Sample Sentence:

“She remarked apropos of the initiative, ‘It’s not going to stop the abuse’.”

adjective: apropos very appropriate to a particular situation. “The composer’s reference to child’s play is apropos.

austerity noun: sternness or severity of manner or attitude; difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure.

“The country was subjected to acute economic austerity.

Sample Sentence:

“He was noted for his austerity and his authoritarianism.”


Wit, wit, wit – Drink and Other Drugs:

Witz, Witz, Witz – Trinken und andere Drogen:

“There was an ancient Greek law which made it a crime not to get drunk during the annual festive of Dionysus.” Quote by Bruce Felton.

COMMENT: I’m a law-abiding citizen, so just tell me when the Festival of Dionysus is and I will conform to the law.


Your abdominal muscles are in your stomach. Someone who works out at the fitness studio / Gym on their stomach is said to be “Working on their Abs.” The word ‘Abs’ is the short form for abdominal muscles.


Quote of the week: Zitat der Woche:

 “When you are more impressed by power than character, you are immature…

NOTE: I cannot remember who said this – perhaps it was me – no? Oh well! Perhaps it was Bill Johnson.

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