Learn English with Big Bang Theory: Sheldon is about to invent fish nightlights, i.e., fish that light by night.



Sheldon: I read an article about Japanese scientists, who inserted DNA from luminous jellyfish into other animals, and I thought hey, fish nightlights.

Leonard: Fish nightlights.

Sheldon: It’s a billion dollar idea. Shhhhh!

Leonard: Mum’s the word. Sheldon, are you sure you don’t want to just apologize to Gablehauser and get your job back?

Sheldon: Oh, no, no, no. No, I’ve too much to do.

Leonard: Like luminous fish.

Sheldon: Shhhhh!

Leonard: I’m sorry… I didn’t….

Sheldon: That’s just the beginning. I also have an idea for a bulk mail-order feminine hygiene company. Oh, glow in the dark tampons! Leonard, we’re going to be rich.



to insert = to put something inside something else

DNA = short for deoxyribonucleic acid; an acid in the chromosomes in the center of the cells of living things. DNA determines the structure and functions of every cell and is responsible for characteristics being passed on from parents to their children.

luminous = producing or reflecting bright light, especially in the dark

jellyfish = a sea creature with a soft, oval, almost transparent body

nightlight = a light that is not too bright that can be left on through the night, especially for a child

mum’s the word = said when you agree with someone to keep something a secret

bulk = large in size or mass

feminine hygiene = used to refer to menstruation and female aspects of the body in general

to glow = to produce a continuous light

(definitions taken from the Cambridge and Collins Dictionary)


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