top of page

Translations 4


You shouldn't eat too many eggs, milk and cheese if you have stomach problems. It's not good for your organism.


It's one of those errors I have heard more than once but, for some reason, I just couldn't remember the correct word. It then took a bus journey this morning to finally realise what the word was. And goodness knows why I didn't think of it before.

In the Polish language, organism is spelt organizm, and the word on its own has the same meaning as in English: a small living animal or plant, usually too small to see under a microscope.


In addition, 'organism' also means 'forms of life' which can mean anything that is able to exist individually in the right physical conditions such as all animals, humans, plants, microbes, bacteria and so on: Clean air and water is important to sustain all living organisms.


So if we literally interpret the example in red above, it suggests that the listener has been giving their very, very tiny pet or their mysterious life-form too many dairy products.

The problem is that when it becomes part of the longer noun phrase organizm czlowieka, this then means the human body.

The word that our speaker is looking for, and best fits the context of the example, is most likely to be metabolism, the meaning being the way that the chemical processes in your body cause food to be used in an efficient way - usually to break it down and absorb its nutrients. And I believe the word is similar to Polish.

If, of course, the context was different, such as Eating too much is not good for your body, then this would make sense.

bottom of page