How are you? No episódio de hoje, falo sobre idioms muito comuns no inglês com a palavrinha eye, como o famoso “fulano fez que não viu o que aconteceu”.
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OK, so you know when there’s something going on and people ignore it and pretend they didn’t see it? I’m talking about something that should not be happening. For example, your entire class is doing an exam today and the teacher, Mr. Stevens, is there, standing by his desk, watching all of you as you do the test.
So of course everyone knows that they’re not supposed to cheat. They’re not supposed to open their books while doing the test. They’re not supposed to talk to each other nor help each other. Everyone knows that, especially the teacher!
However, let’s say that your classmate Johnny is sitting by your side and you can see that he’s cheating. You can see it! He’s looking at his notes while writing on the test. You lift your eyes to Mr. Stevens, who is looking directly at Johnny. You can tell he knows Johnny is cheating.
You hold your breath for a few seconds, waiting for the teacher to call Johnny out. Instead, silence. You lift your eyes again, and, to your surprise, you see Mr. Stevens pulling up his chair and sitting down. He’s now looking out the window! What?
You can hardly believe it, but it’s true: Mr. Stevens has turned a blind eye to Johnny’s cheating. He chose to ignore Johnny’s behaviour. He pretended not to see it. Mr. Stevens caught Johnny cheating, and chose to ignore it. He turned a blind eye to Johnny’s cheating.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever seen someone do something wrong in a situation where you were supposed to take some kind of action, meaning… You were not supposed to let that person get away with it, but instead you turned a blind eye?
In other words, maybe you were the teacher and you caught a student cheating on an exam, and you did nothing. Or maybe you were reffing a soccer game and you saw one of the players commit a fault, and you said nothing. You turned a blind eye.
Here’s what an Egyptian journalist said, speaking about media censorship in Egypt: “My three friends got a life sentence, strictly for doing their job, for reporting – they’re journalists and the world is silent. The world is turning a blind eye to what is happening in Egypt.” His friends were imprisoned for reporting facts that didn’t make the government look good – and this man says the world is turning a blind eye.
OK – on a lighter note… When you’re punched in the face, your eye turns black. I know that in Brazil we use the color purple to describe an eye that was hit by a punch, but in English we call it black. If you’re punched in the face you’ll most likely get a black eye. Have you ever had a black eye, by the way? How did that happen? I’d like to hear that story.
So please let me know in the comments… And talk to you next time!
reffing = de refereeing, servir como juiz (referee) de jogo esportivo
got a life sentence = foram condenados a prisão perpétua
on a lighter note = falando de algo mais leve
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