This afternoon Ryan passed his Clinical Prelim Defense, which probably sounded like, “This afternoon Ryan passed his blahblahblah blahblah blah blah.” I know you probably don’t know what that means, so please refer to the explanations below.
Simple translation: A committee of three University demigods sharpened their steak knives this afternoon, listened to a poor graduate student plead for his life, asked him to dance like a monkey, chopped him into bite-size portions, chewed him up, spit him back out and then asked him to wait out in the hall while they discussed whether or not he deserves the honor of doing this a few more times with a dissertation, because it’s just so fun! Most students get asked to revise their monkey dance, but my man danced like a crazy ape AND HE PASSED!
Simpler translation: Monkey do good dance. Trainer like monkey dance!
Simplest translation: Very BIG deal!