Interested in Language
Greetings. I have just watched a movie called "Lost in Translation" and I have run into difficulty understanding a few phrases and words. Here they are:
A. You either go to a doctor or you leave it here.
A. He's smiling. You like that idea.
A.See, they love black toe over in this country.
I wonder why the word over is used here. Should he leave it out would the phrase mean the same?
A. You got a sharp knife?
A. Gotta be, you know, in this country somebody's gotta prefer black toe. "Brack toe"
A. Or we should probably hang around until someone orders it.
A. Hey, what's with the straight face?
This phrase the main character addresses to a Japanese cook and I don't quite understand it. Did he mean "Why do you look so serious, even grim maybe, not smiling"? I know the adjective "straightfaced" meaning "not smiling or laughing even though you are joking". So could it be that the main character is a little annoyed with the cook who does not understand any of his jokes?
A. Did I scowl at you?(they are talking about their first encounter)
B. No you smiled
A. I did?
B. Yes it was a complete accident. A freak. I haven't seen it since. Just that one time.
(the girl tries to smile)
B. Like that, but bigger...not that big.
I don't quite understand the use of the word "freak" here. Does it mean here something rare or unnatural? From this conversation I got that Charlotte had rarely smiled at Bod at all since that first meeting when she accidentally smiled at him.
A. Why do they switch the R's and the L's here?
B. For yuks, you know, just to mix it up.
They have to amuse themselves.
Because we are not making them laugh.
What does "for yuks" mean here? From the following line I made a conclusion that it might mean "just for the fun of it" Correct me if I am wrong.
A. I tried taking pictures.
but they're so mediocre.
Every girl goes through a photography phase.
You know like horses...
You know, take dumb pictures of your feet.
Does the word "dumb" mean "stupid" here?
B. You will figure that out,
I am not worried about you.
B. But I am so mean.
What does "mean" mean here? Does she mean she is not good at writing, that here writing is poor or average?
A. Mean is ok.
B. What about marriage? Does it get easier?
Does she mean by saying this "Does life get easier after you marry" or is she asking Bob about the state of his marriage? I am more inclined to believe the first version is closer to what she meant.
A. That's hard.
I would really appreciate any help or suggestions.
Last edited by Zhaba; 20-Mar-2011 at 13:00. Reason: Check if it has been posted
Thank you. Actually this Toad (Zhaba) pic was drawn by a friend of mine who is a semi-professional artist.
Would anyone help with other questions?
Well, seems I am going to have to answer my own questions. Just for anyone who might be interested (just) for yuks might mean the same as (just) for (the) heck or (just) for (the) hell - that is for no apparent or rational or logical reason.