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Now the VOA Special English program Words and 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 hipes. So you might say you were as busy as a bee,if you spend your weekend cleaning your house.In fact you might say your house was a bee-hife of activity,if your whole family was helping you clean.You also might say you made a beeline for something if you went there right away.When we go to see a movie,my friend always makes a beeline for the place where they sell pupcorn.Here is an expression about bees.That is not used much more,but we like it any way.We think it was first used in the ninty twenties.If something was a asteves kind ,you might say it was the bees' needs .Now we meet the we do not know how this expression developed ,in fact we do not even know if bees have need.If your friend can not stop talking about something because she think it is important,you might say she has a bee in her barnet.If someone ask you a personal question,you might say that's none of your bee's wax.This means none of your business.Speaking of personal questions,there is a 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 bees.Hornet are beelike insects that sometimes attack people.If you are really angry,you might say you are mad as a hornet.And if you strou up of hornet next,you create trouble or problem.Butterflies are beautiful insects but you would not want to have butterflies in you stomach.That means to be nervous about having to do something like speaking in front of the crowd.You would also not want to have ants in your pants.That is to be restless and unable to sit still.Here are some expressions about play of bugs,another words 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 your ear.If you were reading in your warm bed on a cold winter day,you might you were snugging as a bug in a rug.And if you wish someone good night,you might say sleep tight don't let the big bug bite. This VOA Special English program was written by Shelly Golist.I'm Phis Ofites. ..
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