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Uhorková sezóna – Cucumber season?
Today, we’ll be looking at a phrase that appears more frequently in the two months of summer than the rest of the year combined. Uhorková sezóna – a time, when not much is happening, people are on holidays, business is slow and the newspapers are struggling for interesting and meaningful headlines.
We all know what the expression means but how can we translate it in English?
When we talk about this time of the year, it’s often to complain about the lack of interesting news or, on the other hand, about the amount of non-sense the media produce. This lady’s dog has just had 13 puppies! This actress has just bought her fifth pair of fluffy pink slippers! This man can tap his head AND rub his belly at the same time!
It’s all a bit…well…silly. And there we go!
That’s how we translate uhorková sezóna.
silly season (noun) – the time of the year, usually in the summer, when the newpapers are full of stories that are not important because there is no important, especially political news. (Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary)
Just a couple of examples:
It’s the political silly season, and this policy is a very silly idea which seems more about public relations than solutions.
After the way every possible permutation of this topic has been bandied about for the past month — such is the NBA silly season — the answers should not surprise anyone. — Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, “Writers’ Roundtable: Are the Spurs still a playoff team after this offseason?,” 20 July 2019
There is almost no way for this year’s silly season to match the madness of last year. — Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, “IndyCar midseason review, part III: What’s still to come,” 17 June 2018