prime: ministers, numbers, mr.t & more

it is logical for spanish speakers to translate primer ministro (the top executive position in a parliamentary government) to first minister in english, but in fact the title in english is prime minister.

narendra modi
narendra modi is the prime minister of india.

countries that have prime ministers include netherlands, canada, australia, new zealand, israel, serbia, great britain, india, pakistan, iraq, japan and south korea.

amazon prime

amazon prime offers members several excellent services.

 

there are various other applications for the word:

prime can mean excellent or superior.

prime numbers are only evenly divisible by themselves and the number one, for example 2, 3, 5, 7,11, 37 and 51.

prime rib
prime rib is a high quality cut of beef (dishtip.com)

subprime lending or the practice of offering high risk loans at higher interest rates led to a financial crisis in the u.s.in 2008.

bob dylan
bob dylan during the recording of “like a rolling stone”.

the first line of bob dylan‘s like a rolling stone says

once upon a time u dressed so fine, threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?

this sarcastic lyric sets the tone for the rest of the song, which criticizes a woman who didn’t feel any sympathy for the suffering of poor people until she became poor herself. in your (his,her,etc.) prime is used to describe when someone is living the best years of their life or performing at their highest level. the opposite concept is has-been.

spare a dimedime
“brother, can u spare a dime” is an expression used to ask for charity and is associated with the economic depression of the 1930s. (bertslideart.wordpress.com)

similarly, according to muscleweights.com, mr. t had “one hell of a muscular body when he was in his prime.

mr.t in his prime
mr. t showing off his ‘hell of a  muscular body’.

and independent.co.uk interviewed naomi watts about her latest project while we’re young. a summary of the interview says

naomi watts explores the questions of age and identity in her new film, pertinent topics for an actress in her prime

while young watts stiller
ben stiller & naomi watts are a couple in while we’re young

in other words, there are jokes in the movie about watts and her on-screen husband ben stiller feeling old, but the 43 year-old watts’ career is still at a high point.

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finally, prime time means the time when everybody watches t.v.; traditionally from roughly 7-11p.m.  it is also used to describe something spectacular or important. nfl network analyst deion sanders’ still goes by the nickname prime time from his playing days.

prime time in his prime
deion sanders, aka prime time

have u seen while we’re young?  what did u think?  is bob dylan on any of your playlists? did u ever see deion sanders play? how much is a dime worth? share your answers under leave a reply


 

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