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

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Now the voa english special program “words and stories”.
1.There are many american espressions about insects, like bees, for example. Bees are very hard workers. They always appear to be busy ,moving around in their homes and 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 is a beehive of  activty, if your family is helping you clean.
2. also might say, you went to a beeline right away, when you go to see a movie. My friend always makes a beeline for the place where they sale popcorns.
3.Here is an expression about bees, that not use much more, but we liked it anyway. It was first used in the 1920s, if something was in a exccellent kind , you might say it’s bees’ knees. Now, we admit that we do not know how this explpression developed , but in fact we do no know if bees have knees.
4.If your friend can not stop talking something ,beecause she think that it is something important. You might say she has a bee in her bonnet. If someone asks you a personal question , you might say it's none of your beewax. This means none of your business.
5.When speaking of personal questions, there is a expression that people often use when their children ask where does baby come from. Who discuss sex and production, say this is talking about the birds and bees.
6.Hornets are bee-like insects that sometimes attack people. If you are very angry , you might say you are as mad as a hornet. And if you stir up a honet’s nest, you create troubles or problems.
Butterflies are beautiful insects , but you will not like to have  butterflis in your stomache. That means to be nervous to be having to do something, like speaking in front of a crowd.
7.You might also not want to have ants in your pants , that is to be restless and unable to sit still. Here are some expresions about playful? bugs, another word for insects.
8.If a friend keep asking something we do not want to do , you might say let me alone or stop bugging me. A friend might tell you again and again, you might say he put a bug in your ear.
9.If you read a book in your warm bed on a cold winter’s day, you might say you are snug as a bug in a rock. And you wish someone good night, you might say sleep tight, don’t let the big bug bite.
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