Don’t get your knickers in a twist!

Non attorcigliarti le mutande!

Un detto inglese, scherzoso e di uso comune, che invita a non preoccuparsi, confondersi, per questioni di poco conto. L’imperativo negativo è forse la forma più usata, ma chiaramente il verbo base get si può coniugare in qualsiasi tempo verbale. Vediamo alcuni esempi tipici dell’uso più comune di questa espressione:

  • Stop getting your knickers in a twist and phone the manager!
  • Smetti di confonderti e chiama il direttore!
  • Jane always gets her knickers in a twist when it’s time to do her tax returns.
  • Jane si preoccupa sempre quando arriva il momento di fare la dichiarazione dei redditi.
  • Bob got his knickers in a twist about who to invite.
  • Bob si è confuso riguardo chi invitare.
  • If Clare gets her knickers in a twist, just tell her to call me.
  • Se Clare va nel pallone, dille di chiamarmi e basta.
  • I’m afraid Tom has got his knickers in a twist again.
  • Temo che Bob si è confuso di nuovo.
  • She will probably get her knickers in a twist if you don’t tell her.
  • Probabilmente si preoccuperà se non glielo dici.

6 comments

  1. Hi Tony,
    While I was surfing on internet I found that the sentence “Don’t get your knickers in a twist” is also traslate as “Non ti arrabbiare”.
    What do you think about it?
    Thank you
    Claudio

    1. Yes, I’ve seen that as well, Claudio. I think it’s possible, but generally not in a particularly ‘heavy’ sense. I think generally it’s more “agitarsi” than “arrabbiarsi”.

    1. Well, idioms are strange creatures, probably in all languages (at least the two that I know well: English and Italian). I think a lot of it is to do with cultural background and the rest is often just humour, light ot dark as it may be. Whatever, they do give flavour to a language.

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