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Now the VOA special English program: words and their stories. Cold whether has a great effect on how our minds and our bodies work, maybe that is why there are so many expressions that use the word “cold”. For centuries, the body’s blood has been linked closely with the emotions, people who show no human emotions or feelings for example are said to be cold blooded. Cold blooded people act in cruel ways, they may do brutal things to others, and not by accident. For example, a newspaper says the police are searching for a cold blooded killer. The killer murdered someone, not in self defense, or because he was reacting to anger or fear, he seem to kill for no reason, and with no emotion, as if taking someone’s life meant nothing. Cold can affect another parts of the body, the feet for example, heavy socks can warm you feet, if your feet are really cold, but there is an expression to get cold feet, that has nothing to do with cold or your feet. The expression means being afraid to do something you had decided to do, for example, you are agreed to be president of an organization, but then you learnt that all the other officers have resigned, all the work of the organization will be your responsibility, you are likely to get cold feet about being president when you understand the situation. Cold can also affect your shoulder, you give someone the cold shoulder when you refuse to speak to them, you treat them in the distant cold way, the expression probablely comes from the physical act of turning your back toward someone instead of speaking to him face to face. You may give a cold shoulder to a friend who has not kept the promise he made to you or to someone who has lied about you others. “A cold fish” is not a fish, it is a person, but it is a person who is unfriendly, unemotional and shows no love or warm. A cold fish doesn’t offer much of himself to anyone. Someone who is a cold fish could be coldhearted. Now a cold hearted-person is someone who has no sympathy. Several popular songs in recent years were about cold-hearted men or cold hearted women, who without feeling broke the hearts of their lovers. “Out in the cold” is an expression often heard, it means not getting something that everybody else got. A person might say that everybody but him got a pay raise, but he was left out in the cold, and it is not a pleasant place to be. This VOA Special English program: words and their stories was written by Marilyn Christiana, Morris Joyce was the narrator. I’m Shirley Gryfe.

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