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

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Now the VOA special English programe "Words and The Stories".

 

There are many American expressions about insects, like bees, for example. Bees are known as very hard workers. They always appear to be busy, moving around in their homes or hives. So, you might say you were "as busy as a bee", if you spend you weekend cleaning your house. In fact, you might say your house was a "beehive of activity", if your whole family was helping 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 is an expression about bees, that is not use much anymore, but we like it anyway. We think it was first used in the 1920s. If something was the best of it's kind, you might say it was the "bee's knees". Now we admit that we do not know how this exprssion developed. In fact, we do not even know if bees have knees. If your friend cannot stop talking about something, because she thinks it is important, you might say she has a "bee in her bonet". If someone asks you a personal question, you might say "that is none of your beeswax". This means "none of your business". Speaking of personal questions, there is an expression people sometimes use, when their children ask, "where do babies come from?". Parents who discuss sex and reproduction, say this is talking about the birds and the bees. Hornets are bee-liked insects that sometimes attack people. If you are really angry, you might say you are "mad as a hornet". And if you stir up a hornet's nest, you create trouble or problems. Butterflies are beautiful insects, but you would not want to have butterflies in your stomach, that means to be nervous about heading to do something, like speaking in front of a crowd. You would also not want to have ants in your pans, that is to be restless and unable to sit still. Here are some expressions about plano 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. A friend also might tell you again and again to do something, if so, you might say he put a bug in you ear. If you were reading a book in your warm bed on a cold winter's day, you might say you were "snug as a bug in a rug". And if you wish someone goodnight, you might say "sleep tight, don't left the bad bugs bite".

 

This's VOA special English program, with written by Shary Gorister. I'm Fad Loferders. You can find more words and their stories at VOA special English.com

 

there are so many useful expressions here. 謝謝版主

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