Not that anyone on Tumblr really cares, but I finally got a job after almost a year of unemployment. I’m really excited! And more than a little relieved. Being unemployed sucks, even though I’ve been doing fine financially.
"I have some bad news to tell you about Charles," said Lord Gillingham with a mixture of anxiety and hope.
Mary’s brows knitted together in a frown. “What do you mean?”
"The truth is… he is…"
Dead? Gay? American? Into pigs? Mary’s heart beat faster as she considered the options, each one more…
I love you
- He drove the lorry
- He infected Lavinia
- He kicked the water troff
- He ships Katniss and Gale
- He pushed Sherlock
- He sells meth
- He’s Dan Stevens
A group of my husband’s male friends (all in their mid 30s, most of them) are planning a “guys’ night out”. This traditionally involves some big budge Hollywood action movie, followed by a dinner and lots of booze. This time, the movie they have chosen is Catching Fire :D
I’m not sure they know what they’re getting into! When I saw the movie earlier this week, the audience was overwhelmingly female and under 25. Possibly they just decided that it looks actiony enough and that Jennifer Lawrence is a good reason to see anything (they’re not wrong about that last point). I kinda want to be impressed with their choice, but I doubt any of them have read the books and I know the main point of the evening is to spend time with their friends and get drunk…
I did ask them whether they prefer Peeta or Gale, but none of them wanted to discuss this all-important question…
Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.
Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.
Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”
DON’T GIVE ME THAT FRENCH SHIT.
Ms. Wake … had mixed feelings about previous cinematic efforts to portray her wartime exploits … “It was well-acted but in parts it was extremely stupid,” she said. “At one stage they had me cooking eggs and bacon to feed the men. For goodness’ sake, did the Allies parachute me into France to fry eggs and bacon for the men? There wasn’t an egg to be had for love nor money. Even if there had been why would I be frying it? I had men to do that sort of thing.”
IT GOT BETTER
It’s something between that.
Niin can be a way of describing an amount: Söin niin paljon! I ate so much!
It also can be a positive reply to a question: Koirasi on löytänyt elämän tarkoituksen? -Niin (juuri). Your dog has discovered the meaning of life? - Yes, (that’s right).
Niin can be a way of explaining how things went, kind of. Niin tähän päädyttiin. That’s how we got in this situation.
It has been also used in old texts (i.e. bible translations & fairytales) to describe what happened after something: Ja niin he elivät elämänsä onnellisina loppuun asti. And so they lived their lives happily ever after.
But wait! There’s more!
Niin is also a coordinating conjuction when used with the word pair kuin:
Karaokea lauloivat niin Pirjo kuin Railikin. Both, Pirjo and Raili, sang karaoke.
Älkää tehkö niin kuin minä teen, tehkää niin kuin minä sanon. Don’t do as I do, do as I say.
Hän näytti siltä niin kuin olisi saanut turpaansa. He looked like he had been beaten up.
It can also be used to describe words starting with spesific letter: V niin kuin Verikosto, V for Vendetta
Don’t go! There’s one more:
It can also be a starting word for declarative sentence when it’s after conditional sentence:
Jos lähden nyt, niin en koskaan palaa! If I leave now, then I will never return!
And then, it can used as a part of proper Finnish one-worded communication:
Niin? - Yes, what is it about?
Niinkö? - Is it true?
Niinpä. - I strongly agree.
Niinpä niin - I should’ve known that. Damnit.
Oh you crazy kids. Alfred, come back in two seasons and ask Daisy to start a restaurant with you. She’ll say yes.
Yay! Bates has done something interesting! And if this turns out to be a coincidence and Bates is innocent, I’ll punch Fellowes in the face!