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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-05-11 Words and Their Stories

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     There are many American expresses about insects, like bees for example. Bees are known as very hard workers. They always appeared been busy moving around their homes and hives, so you might say you are busy as a bee if you spent weekend cleaning your house. In fact you might say your house was a bee hive activity if your whole family was help you clean. You also might say you made a bee line for something if you went there right away. When we go to see a movie, my friend always makes a bee line for the place where they sell popcorn. Here’s expression about bees. That’s not used much any more. But we like it anyway. We think it’s the first use in 1920s. If something kind, you might say it was a bee’s needs. Now we don’t know how the expression developed, in fact, we do not even know if bees have nose. If your friend can not stop talking something because she thinks that is important, you might say she has a bee in her bonnet. If someone asks you some personal questions, you might say that is none of your bees wax, this means none of your business. Speaking over personal questions, there is an expression sometimes used when your children asked “where do babies come from” parents discussed sex and reproduction, say this is the talking about the birds and the bees. 

        Hornets are bee like insects that sometimes attack people, if you are very angry, you might say you are mad as hornet, and if you honest nest ,you create a trouble.

       Butterflies are beautiful insects, but you wouldn’t want to have a butterfly in your stomach, that means you will be nerves to do something, like speaking in front of the crowd. You would also not want to have the ants on pants, that is to be restless and unable to sit still.

       Here are some expressions about bugs, another word for insects. If a friend keeps asking you to do something you do not want to do, you might ask him to leave you alone or stop bugging me. Your friend might tell you again and again to do something . If so, you might say he put a bug on your ear. If you are reading a book in your warm bed on a cold winter day, you might say you are smug and bug??. And if you want to have a good night, you might say sleep tight don’t let the big bugs bite.

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