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Now, the VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.


Some expressions describe people who are important, or who at least think they are. One such expression is bigwig.


In the seventeenth century, important men in Europe began to wear false hair, called wigs. As years passed, wigs began to get bigger. The size of a man's wig depended on how important he was. The more important he was -- or thought he was -- the bigger the wig he wore. Some wigs were so large they covered a man's shoulders or back.


Today, the expression bigwig is used to make fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is a bigwig. They only use the expression behind his back.


Big wheel is another way to describe an important person. A big wheel may be the head of a company, a political leader, a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful. What they do affects many people. Big wheels give the orders. Other people carry them out. As in many machines, a big wheel makes the little wheels turn.


Big wheel became a popular expression after World War Two. It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks. They said a person "rolled a big wheel" if he was important and had influence.


The top of something is the highest part. So it is not surprising that top is part of another expression that describes an important person. The expression is top banana.  A top banana is the leading person in a comedy show. The funniest comedian is called the top banana. The next is second banana. And so on.


Why a banana? A comedy act in earlier days often included a part where one of the comedians would hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object was shaped like the yellow fruit, the banana.


Top banana still is used mainly in show business. Yet the expression can also be used to describe the top person in any area.


A kingpin is another word for an important person. The expression comes from the game of bowling. The kingpin is the number one pin. If hit correctly with the bowling ball, the kingpin will make all the other nine pins fall. And that is the object of the game.


So, the most important person in a project or business is the kingpin.  If the kingpin is removed, the business or project is likely to fail.


Kingpin is often used to describe an important criminal, or the leader of a criminal gang. A newspaper may report, for example, that police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a car-stealing operation.


This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by Marilyn Christiano.  I'm Warren Scheer.


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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories

 

Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least thinks they are. One such expression is bigwig. In the seventy century important man in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs. As years past, wigs began to get bigger. The size of a man’s wig depended on how important he was. The more important he was, or thought he was the bigger the wig he wore. Some wigs were so large they covered a man’s shoulders or back. Today the expression bigwig is used to make a fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is bigwig. They only use the expression behind his back.

 

Big wheel is another way to describe an important person. A big wheel may be the head of company, a political leader, a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful. What they do affects many people. Big wheels give the orders other people carry them out. As in many machines, a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Two. It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks. They said a person rolled a big wheel if he was important and had influence.

 

The top of something is the highest part. So it is not surprising that top is part of other expressions that describes an important person. The expression is top banana. A top banana is the leading person in a comedy show. The funniest comedian is called the top banana. The next is the second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedian acted in earlier day often included a part where one of the comedians would hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object was shape like a yellow fruit, the banana. Top banana still is used mainly in show business. Yet the expression can also be used to describe the top person in any area.

 

A kingpin is another word for an important person. The expression comes from the game of bowling. The kingpin is the number one pin. If hit correctly with the bowling ball, the kingpin will make the other nine pins fall. And that is the object of the game. So the most important person in a project or business is the kingpin. If the kingpin is removed, the business or project is likely to fail. King pin is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang. A newspaper may report, for example, that police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a car stealing operation.

 

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christiano.  I'm. Warren Scheer.

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories.

 

Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least thinks they are. One such expression is bigwig. In the seventeenth century important man in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs. As years past, wigs began to get bigger. The size of a man’s wig depended on how important he was. The more important he was, or thought he was the bigger the wig he wore. Some wigs were so large they covered a man’s shoulders or back. Today the expression bigwig is used to make a /a/ fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is a bigwig. They only use the expression behind his back.

 

Big wheel is another way to describe an important person. A big wheel may be the head of company, a political leader, a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful. What they do affects many people. Big wheels give the orders other people carry them out. As in many machines, a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Two. It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks. They said a person rolled a big wheel if he was important and had influence.

 

The top of something is the highest part. So it is not surprising that top is part of another expressions that describes an important person. The expression is top banana. A top banana is the leading person in a comedy show. The funniest comedian is called the top banana. The next is the /the/ second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedian acted in earlier day often included a part where one of the comedians would hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object was shape like the yellow fruit, the banana. Top banana still is used mainly in show business. Yet the expression can also be used to describe the top person in any area.

 

A kingpin is another word for an important person. The expression comes from the game of bowling. The kingpin is the number one pin. If hit correctly with the bowling ball, the kingpin will make all the other nine pins fall. And that is the object of the game. So the most important person in a project or business is the kingpin. If the kingpin is removed, the business or project is likely to fail. King pin is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang. A newspaper may report, for example, that police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a car stealing operation.

 

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christiano.  I'm. Warren Scheer.

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Now the VOA Special English Promgram Words and Their Stories.

 

Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are.

 

One such expression is big wig. In 17th century, important man in Europe began to wear false hair called wig. As years past wig began to get bigger. The size of man's wig depended on how important he was . The more important he was or thought he was, the bigger the wig he wear. Some wigs are so large the cover the man shoulders or back. Today the expression big wig is used to make fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is a big wig. They only use the expression behind his back.

 

Big wheel is another way to describe an important person. A big wheel maybe the head of the company, a political leader, a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful. What they do affect many people. Big wheels give the orders, other peop[e carry them out. As in many machines a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Two. It probably comes from an expression use for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks. They said the person rode a big wheel if he was important and have influence.

 

The top of something is the highest part. So it is no surprising that top is a part of another expression that describes an important person. The expression is top banana. The top banana is the leading person in a comdy show. The funniest comdy is called the top banana. The next is second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comdy act in earlier days often included a part where one of the comedians will hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object was shape like the yellow fruit, the banana. Top banana still is used mainly in show business. Yet the expression can also be used to describe a top person in any area.

 

A kingpin is another word for an important person. The expression comes from the game of bowling. The kingpin is the NO.1 pin. If hit correctly with the bowling ball, the kingpin will make all the other nine pins fall. And that is the object of the game. So the most important person in the project or business is the kingpin. IF the kingpin is removed, the business or project is likely to fail. Kingpin is also used to describe an important crimial or the leader of crimial gang. Newspaper may report for example, that police have arrested the suspected kingpin of car stealing operation.

 

This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories was written by M.C. I'm W.S.

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories

 

Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are. One such expression is bigwig. In the seventeenth century important men in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs. As years passed, wigs began to get bigger. The size of a man’s wig depended on how important he was. The more important he was, or thought he was, the bigger the wig he wore. Some wigs were so large they covered a man’s shoulders or back. Today the expression bigwig is used to make fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is bigwig. They only use the expression behind his back.

 

Big wheel is another way to describe an important person. A big wheel may be the head of a company, a political leader, a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful. What they do affects many people. Big wheels give the orders other people carry them out. As in many machines, a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Two. It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks. They said a person rolled a big wheel if he was important and had influence.

 

The top of something is the highest part. So it is not surprising that top is part of another expressions that describes an important person. The expression is top banana. A top banana is the leading person in a comedy show. The funniest comedian is called the top banana. The next is second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedy act in earlier days often included a part where one of the comedians would hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object was shaped like the yellow fruit, the banana. Top banana still is used mainly in show business. Yet the expression can also be used to describe the top person in any area.

 

A kingpin is another word for an important person. The expression comes from the game of bowling. The kingpin is the number one pin. If hit correctly with the bowling ball, the kingpin will make all the other nine pins fall. And that is the object of the game. So the most important person in a project or business is the kingpin. If the kingpin is removed, the business or project is likely to fail. Kingpin is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang. A newspaper may report, for example, that police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a car stealing operation.

 

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christiano.  I'm Warren Shier.

 

 

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Home Work that refer to another people for the word "wheel". Now the VOA special English program,words and their stories,some expressions describe people who are important,or who at least think they are,one such expression is big wig,in the 17 century,important man in the Europe began to wear false hair,called wigs,as years passed,wigs began to get bigger,the size of a man's wig, depending on how important he was,the more important he was,or thought he was, the bigger the wigs he wore,some wigs were so large,they coverd man's shoulder or back,today,the expression big wig is used to make fun of a person who feels important,people never tell someone he is a big wig,they only use the expression behind his back,big wheel is another way to describe an important person,a big wheel maybe the head of a company,a political leader,a famous movie star,they are big wheels because they are powerful,what they do affect many people,big wheels give the orders,other people carry them out,as in many machines,a bigs wheel makes the little wheels turn,big wheel began a popular expression after world war two,it probabuly comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks,they said a person rode a big wheel if he was important and had influence,the top of something is the highest part,so it is not surprising that top is part of another expression that descirbe an important person,the expression is top banana,a top banana is the leading person in a comedian show,the funniest comedian is the called top banana,the next is second banana,and so on,why a banana?a comedian acted in early days often inclued a part where one of the comedian would hit the others over the head with a soft object,the object were shaped like the yellow fruit,the banana,top banana is still used mainly in show business,yet the expression can also be used to describe the top person in any area,a king pin is another word for an important person,the expression comes from the game of bowling,the king pin is the No 1 pin, if hit corectlly on the king pin ball,the king pin will make all the other nine pins fall,and that is the object of the game,so the most improtant people in a project or business is the king pin,if the king pin is removed,the business or project is likely to fail,king pin is often used to descripe an important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang,a news paper may report for example,that police have arrested the suspect king pin of a car stealling operation,this voa special english program words and their stores was written by M & C,i am W S.
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Now,the VOA special English programme,words and their stories.

Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are.

One such expression is big wig.

In the 17th century,important men in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs,as years passed,wigs began to get bigger,the size of a man's wig depended on how important he was.The more important he was,or thought he was,the bigger the wig he wore.Some wigs were so large they covered the man's shoulders or back.

Today,the expression big wig is used to make fun of a person who feels important.People never tell someone he is a big wig.They only use the expression behind his back.

Big wheel is another way to describe an important person.A big wheel may be a head of a company,a political leader,a famous movie star.They are big wheels because they are powerful.What they do affects many people. Big wheels give the orders,other people carry them out as in many machines,a big wheel makes the little wheels turn.

Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Ⅱ.It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks.They said a person rode a big wheel if he was important and had influence.The top of something is the highest part.So it is not surprising that top is part of another expression that describes an important person.

The expression is top banana.

The top banana is a leading person in a comedy show.The funniest comedian is called the top banana.The next is second banana and so on.Why a banana?A comedy act in earlier days often included a part where one of the comedians

would hit the others over the head with a soft object.The object was shaped like the yellow fruit,the banana.Top banana still is used mainly in shoudersness.Yet the expression can also be used to describe a top person in any area.

A king pin is another word for an important person.The expression comes from the game of bowling.The king pin is the No.1 pin.If hit correctly with the bowling ball,the king pin will make all the other nine pins bow.And that is the object of the game.So the most important person in a project or business is the king pin.If the king pin is removed,the business or the project is likely to fail.King pin is often used to describe an important criminal,or the leader of a criminal game.

A newspaper may report ,for example,that police have arrested the suspected king pin of a car stealing operation.

 

This VOA special English programme words and their stories was written by Maryland Cristiano,I'm Warren Sheer.

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Now,the VOA special English program,words and their stories. Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are. One such expression is big wig.In the 17th century,important men in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs,as years passed,wigs began to get bigger,the size of a man's wig depended on how important he was.The more important he was,or thought he was,the bigger the wig he wore.Some wigs were so large they covered the man's shoulders or back. Today,the expression big wig is used to make fun of a person who feels important.People never tell someone he is a big wig.They only use the expression behind his back. Big wheel is another way to describe an important person.A big wheel may be a head of a company,a political leader,a famous movie star.They are big wheels because they are powerful.What they do affect many people. Big wheels give the orders,other people carry them out as in many machines,a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Ⅱ.It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks.They said a person rode a big wheel if he was important and had influence.The top of something is the highest part.So it is not surprising that top is part of another expression that describes an important person. The expression is top banana. The top banana is the leading person in a comedy show.The funniest comedian is called the top banana.The next is second banana and so on.Why a banana?A comedy act in earlier days often included a part where one of the comedians would hit the others over the head with a soft object.The object was shaped like the yellow fruit,the banana.Top banana still is used mainly in show business.Yet the expression can also be used to describe a top person in any area. A king pin is another word for an important person.The expression comes from the game of bowling.The king pin is the No.1 pin.If hit correctly with the bowling ball,the king pin will make all the other nine pins fall .And that is the object of the game.So the most important person in a project or business is the king pin.If the king pin is removed,the business or the project is likely to fail.King pin is often used to describe an important criminal,or the leader of a criminal game. A newspaper may report ,for example,that police have arrested the suspected king pin of a car stealing operation. This VOA special English program words and their stories was written by Maryland Cristiano,I'm Warren Sheer.

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories

 

Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are. One such expression is bigwig. In the 17th century, important man in Europe began to wear false hair, called wigs. As years passed, wigs began to get bigger. The size of a man’s wig depended on how important he was. The more   important he was or thought he was, the bigger the wig he wore. Some wigs were so large, they cover the man shoulders or back. Today, the expression bigwig is use to make fun of the person who feels important. People never tell some one he is bigwig, they only use the expression behind his back.

 

Big wheel is another way to describe any important person. A big wheel may be the head of a company, a political leader, a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful. What they do affects many people. Big wheels give the orders, other people carry them out. As in many machines, a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Two. It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks. They said a person ‘rolled a big wheel’ if he was important or had influence.

 

The top of something is the highest part. So it is not surprising that top is part of another expression that describes any important person. The expression is ‘top banana’. A top banana is the leading person in a comedy show. A funniest comedian is called the top banana. The next is second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedy act in earlier days often included part when one of the comedians hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object is shape     like the yellow fruit, the banana. Top banana still is used main in show business. Yet the expression can also be used to express the top person in any area.

 

A kingpin is another word for any important person. The expression comes from the game of baling. The kingpin is the no. one pin. If hit correctly baling ball, the kingpin will make the other nine’s ball. And that is the object of the game. So the most important person in a project or business is the kingpin. If the kingpin is removed, the business or project likely to fail. Kingpin is often used to describe any important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang. A newspaper may report, for example, the police have arrested the suspect kingpin of a car stealing operation.

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Now the VOA sepcial English program words and their storys. Some expressions describe people who are important or who are at least think they are.One such expression is big wig.In the 17th century,important man in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs.As years passed,wigs begam to get bigger.The size of man's wig depend on how important he was.The more important he was or thought he was,the bigger the wig he wore.Some wigs were so large that they cover man shoulders or back.Today,the expression big wig is used to make fun of a persom who feels important.People never tell someone he is a big wig,they only used the expression behind his back. Big wheel is a another way to describe an important person.A big wheel maybe the leader of a company,a political leader,or a famous movie star.They are big wheels because they are powerful.What they do affects many people.Big wheels give orders,other people carry them out.As in many machines,a big wheel makes the little wheel turn.Big wheel become a popular expression after world war II,it probably comes from an expression used many years ago by people who fix parts of cars and trucks.They said a person roll a big wheel,if you were important and had influence. The top of something is the highest part,so it is not surprising that top is part anthoer expression that describes an important person.The expression is top banana.A top banana is the leader in a comedy show.The funiest comedian is called top banana.The next is second banana and so on.Why a banana? A comedy act in early days often included a part while one of the comedians will hit the other comedian with a soft object,the object is shaped like a yellow fruit-the banana.Top banana is still used in show business,yet the expression is also be used to describe a top person in any area. A kinpin is another word for an important person.The expression comes from the game of bowling.The kinpin is the number one pin.If hit correctly the bowling ball,the kinpin will make all the other nine pins fall.And that is the object of the game.So the most important person in a project or a business is the kinpin.If the kinpin is removed,the business or project is likely to fail.Kinpin is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang.A newspaper may report for example the police have arrested the suspected kinpin of a car stealing operation. This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christiano. I'm Warren Shier.

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Now,the VOA special English program,words and their stories. Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are. One such expression is big wig. In the 17th century,important men in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs,as years passed,wigs began to get bigger,the size of a man's wig depended on how important he was.The more important he was,or thought he was,the bigger the wig he wore.Some wigs were so large they covered the man's shoulders or back. Today,the expression big wig is used to make fun of a person who feels important.People never tell someone he is a big wig.They only use the expression behind his back.

 

Big wheel is another way to describe an important person.A big wheel may be a head of a company,a political leader,a famous movie star.They are big wheels because they are powerful.What they do affects many people. Big wheels give the orders,other people carry them out. As in many machines,a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel began a popular expression after World War Ⅱ.It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks.They said a person rode a big wheel if he was important and had influence.

The top of something is the highest part.So it is not surprising that top is part of another expression that describes an important person. The expression is top banana. The top banana is the leading person in a comedy show.The funniest comedian is called the top banana.The next is second banana and so on.Why a banana?A comedy act in earlier days often included a part where one of the comedians would hit the others over the head with a soft object.The object was shaped like the yellow fruit,the banana.Top banana still is used mainly in show business.Yet the expression can also be used to describe a top person in any area.

 

A king pin is another word for an important person.The expression comes from the game of bowling.The king pin is the No.1 pin.If hit correctly with the bowling ball,the king pin will make all the other nine pins fall .And that is the object of the game.So the most important person in a project or business is the king pin.If the king pin is removed,the business or project is likely to fail.King pin is often used to describe an important criminal,or the leader of a criminal game. A newspaper may report ,for example,that police have arrested the suspected king pin of a car stealing operation.

 

This VOA special English program words and their stories was written by Maryland Cristiano,I'm Warren Sheer.

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now the voa special english programme words and their stories. Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are.One such expression is big wage. In the 17th century, important man in Europe began to wear false hair called wages.As years passed,wages began to get bigger.The size of a man' wage depended on how important he was. The more important he was or authority he was , the bigger hIS wage was.Some wages are so large that they cover a man's shoulder or back. Today the expression big wage is used to make fun of a person who fears important. People never tell someone he is a big wage.They only use the expression behind his back. Big wheel is another way to describe an important person .A big wheel may be the head of the company,a political leader , a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful.What they do affects many people.Big wheels give the orders , other people carry them out.As in many machine a big wheel makes the little wheels turn.Big wheel became a popular expression after world war two.It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix with cars and trucks.They said a person rode a big wheel if he was important and had influence. The top of something is the highest part, so it is not surprising that top is part of another exppression that describes an important person. The expression is top banana.A top banana is a leading commander in a comedy show. The funnest comedian is called the top banana.The next is second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedy act in earlier days often include the part ,one comedian will hit the other over the head with a soft object.The object was shaped like a yellow fruit ,the banana.Top banana still is used in show business . Yet, the expression can also be used to describe a top person in any aera. A king pin is another word for an important person. The expression comes from the game of balling. The king pin is the NO.1 pin. The hit correctly with the balling ball . The king pin would make the other nine pins fall, and that is the object of the game. So the most important person in a project or business is the king pin . If the king pin is removed,the business or the project is likely to fail. King pin is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader of the criminal gang. A newspaper may report for example,the police has arrested the suspect king pin of a car stealing operation.

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now the voa special english programme words and their stories. Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are. One such expression is big wage. In the 17th century, important man in Europe began to wear false hair called wages .As years passed, wages began to get bigger. The size of a man' wage depended on how important he was. The more important he was or thought he was , the bigger the wage he wore. Some wages are so large that they cover a man's shoulder or back. Today the expression big wage is used to make fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is a big wage. They only use the expression behind his back. Big wheel is another way to describe an important person .A big wheel may be the head of the company, a political leader , a famous movie star. They are big wheels because they are powerful. What they do affects many people .Big wheels give the orders, other people carry them out. As in many machines a big wheel makes the little wheels turn. Big wheel begane a popular expression after world war two. It probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks. They said a person rode a big wheel if he was important and had influence. The top of something is the highest part, so it is not surprising that top is part of another expression that describes an important person. The expression is top banana.  A top banana is the leading person in a comedy show. The funniest comedian is called the top banana. The next is second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedy actor in earlier days often include the part ,where one comedian will hit the other over the head with a soft object. The object was shaped like the yellow fruit , the banana. Top banana still is used mainly in show business . Yet, the expression can also be used to describe a top person in any aera. A king pin is another word for an important person. The expression comes from the game of balling. The king pin is the NO.1 pin. They have hit correctly with the balling ball . The king pin would make the other nine pins fall, and that is the object of the game. So the most important person in a project or business is the king pin. If the king pin is removed, the business or project is likely to fail. King pin is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader of the criminal gang. A newspaper may report for example, that police has arrested the suspected king pin of a car stealing operation.

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the voa special english program words and their stories.

some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are. one such expression is **. in the 17th century, important man in europe began to wear false hair called wages. as years passed, wages begun get bigger. the size of one's wig depended on how important he was. the more important he was or thought he was the big the wig he wore. some wigs were so large, they covered a man's shoulders or back. today, the expression big wig is to make use fun of a person who feels important

people never tell someone he is big wig. they only use the expression behind his back. big will is another expression to describe an important person. a big whale may be a head of a big company, a political leader, a famous movie star. they are big whales because they are powerful. what they do affects many people. big whales give the orders, other people carry them out.

as in many machines, a big whale make a little whale turn. big whale begun a popular expression after world war II. it probably comes from a expression used for many years by people who fix other people's cars and trucks. they said a person rode a big whale if he was important and had influence.

the top of something is the highest . so it's not surprising that top is another expression that describe an important person. the expression is top of banana. a top banana is a leading person in a comedy show. a funniest comedian is called top banana. the next is second banana and so on. why a banana. the early comedy included a part where one of the comedians hit others over their head with a soft object. the object shaped like yellow fruit of banana. top banana still used mainly in show business. yet , the expression can also be used to describe top person in any area.

a king pin is another word for important person. the expression comes from the game of boiling. the king pin is the number one .if he hit correctly with the * ball. the king pin will make all other 9 pins fall. and that is the object of the game. so the most important person in a project or business. is the king pin. if the king pin is removed . the business or project is likely to fail. king pin is often used to describe an important criminal or a leader of a criminal gang. a news paper may report for example, the police have resisted dispected king pin of a car stealing operation.

this voa special english program words and their stories was written by kR. I'm WS.

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