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[Report] 2008-03-16

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Now the VOA Special English program – Words and their stories.

 

Cold weather 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 lent closely with the emotions. People who show no human emotions or feelings, for example, are said to be cold body. Cold body people act in cruel ways. They may do ? things to others, and not by accident. For example, a news paper says the police are searching for a cold bloody killer. The killer murdered someone, not in self defense, or because he was reacting to anger or fear. He seemed to kill for no reason and with no emotion. As if taking someone’s life meant nothing. Cold can affect other parts of the body. The feet, for example, heavy socks can warm your feet if your feet are really cold. But there isn’t expression to get cold feet. There has nothing to do with cold or your feet. The expression means being afraid to do something you have decided to do. For example, you are agreed to be the president of an organization. But then, you learn at 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 the 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 a distant -- cold way. The expression possibly comes from a physical act of turning your back towards 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 liked about you to others. A cold fish is not a fish. It is a person. But it is a person who unfriendly, unemotional, and shows no love or warm. A cold fish does not offer much of himself to anyone. Some one who is a cold fish could be a cold hearted. Now cold hearted person is someone who has no sympathy. Several popular songs in resent years is about cold hearted man or cold hearted woman who without feeling, brought the hearts of their lover. Out in a 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 ? raise. That he was lifted out in a cold. And it is not a present place to be.

 

This VOA Special English program – Words and their stories was written by ?. ? was the ?. I’m ?.

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