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

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Now the VOA special English program words and their stories.

There are many American expressions about insects like bees for example, bees are known as very hard workers, they always appeared to be busy, moving around in their home or hives, 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 house effectivety, if you whole family was helping you clean, you also might say you nade 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 anymore but we like it anyway, we think it was first used in the 1920s, if something was the esteviekind you might say it was the bee’s knees, now, we need that we do not know how this expression developed, in fact, we do not even know if bees have knees. If your friends can not stop taking 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 bee’s waks, this means none of your business. Speaking of personal questions there is an expression people sometimes use when their children asked where do babies come from. Parents who discuss sex and reproduction Say this is talking about the birds and bees.

 

Hornets are bee like 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 hornets nest you crate a trouble or problem.

 

Butterflies are beautiful insects, but you would not want to have butterflies in your stomach. That means to be nervous about having to do something like speaking in front of crowed. You wound also not want to have ants in your pants that is to be resless and unable to sit still.

 

Here are some expressions about plano bugs another word for insect. 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 a book in your warm bed on a cold winter’s day, you might say you were snag as a bug in a rug, and if you wish someone good night, you might say sleep tight don’t let the big bugs bite.

 

This VOA special English program was written by Shally Galist. I’m F, you can more words and their stories at VOA special English.com

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