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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 bega to wear a false hair called wigs. As years past, wigs began to get bigger. The size of a man's wig depengs 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 covered the 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. Bigwig is another way to describe an important person. A bigwig maybe the head of a company, a political leader, a famous movie star. They are bigwigs because they are powerful. What they do affects many people. Bigwigs give the orders. Other people carry them out. As in many machines, a bigwig makes the little wig turn. Bigwig became a popular expression after World War Two. It probably comes from an expression used for many years by peope who fixed parks of cars and trucks. They said a person wore a bigwig if he is 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 describe an important person.The expression is "top banana". A top banana is the leading person in an comedy show. The funnest comedian is called the top banana. The next is the second banana and so on. Why a banana, a comedian actor in earlier days often include the part, where one of the comedians will hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object will shaped like 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 NO.1 pin. If it 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:bad police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a car stealing operation. This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was writted by Marilyn Christiano. I'm Warren Scheer.

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Now the VOA 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 centry, 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 that covered the man's shoulders or back. Today expression big wig it used make fun of a person who feels important, people never tell someone he has a big wig, they only used expression behind his back.

 

 Big wheel is another way to describe any important person. A big wheell maybe 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 are big wheel makes a little wheel a turn, big wheel began a popular expression after a world war too. The probably comes from expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and truks, beside 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 any important person. The expression is top banana. A top banana is the leading person in a comedy show, the funest comedian is called top banana. The next is second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedy act in early days of included part where one of  comedians will hit the others over the head with soft object. The object was shaped like yellow fruit the banana, top banana still is used mainly in show  business , yet expression can also be used to describe top person in any area.

 

A kingpin is another word for any important person. This expression comes from a game bowling. The kingpin is the No.1 pin. If hit correctly with bowling ball. The kingpin will make all the other nine pin’s ball and that is object of the game, so the most important person in the project of business is the kingpin. If the kingpin is removed the business of project is likely to fail. Kingpin is often used to describe any important criminal or the leader of a criminal game. A newspaper may report , for example ,that police have arrested a suspected kingpin of a car stealing operation.

 

This VOA special English program words and their stories was written by MK, i am WS.

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homework 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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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 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.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 bow 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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homework. Some expression describe people who are important or who at least think they are.One such expression is a bigwig.In the 17th century important man in Europe begin to wear false hair called wigs.As years past wigs began to get bigger.The size of man's wig depended on how important he was.The more improtant he was or thought he was the bigger the big he wore .Some wigs were so large they cover the man shoudlers or back.Today the expression bigwig is used to make a fun of a person who feels is important.People never tell some one he is bigwig,they only use this expression behind his back. Big wheel is another way to describe any important person.a big wheel may be the head of company, a political leader or a famous movie star.They are big wheel because they are powerful,what they do affects many people,Bigwheel give the orders other people carry them out.As in many machines ,a bigwheel makes the litter wheels turn.Big wheel began popular expression after world war two.It probably comes form an expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks.They said person rolled a big wheel if he was important and head influence. The top of something is the highest part,so it is not surprising the top is an part of another expression describes any important person.The exression is top banana,a top banana is the leading person in a comedy show.the funniest comedian is called the top banana..But next is 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 uesd mainly in show business.Yet the describe also be used to describe the top person in any area. A kingpin is another word for any important person.The expression comes from the game bowling,the kingpin is the number one 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 kingpin,if the kingpin is removed,the business or project may be likely to fail...king pin is ofter used to describe any important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang,a newspaper may report for example that police have arrested suspecdted the king pin of the cars stealing operation.

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Some expression describe people who are important or who at least think they are, one such expression is liguige, in the seventeen’s century important man in Europe began to wear force hair called vogues. As years past, vogues begin to get bigger, the size of a man’s vogues depended how important he was, the more important he was, or thought he was, the bigger vogues he wore, some vogues were so large, they covered a man shoulders or back. Today the expression “big vogues” is used to make fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is a big vogues, they only use the expression behind his back. Big hile is another way to describe important person, a big while maybe a head of a company, a political leader, a famous movie star, they are big while because they are powerful ,what they do affects many people, big while give the orders, other people carry then out, as in many machines, a big while makes the little whiles turn, big while begin a popular expression as do world war, two. It probably comes the expression used for many years, by people who fits parts of parks and trucks, they said a person rode a big while, if he was important, and had influence, the top of something is the highest part, so it is not surprising the that top is 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 comedy is called the top banana. The next is second banana and so on. Why a banana? A comedy actor in earlier days often including a part ,well one of the comedies would hit the others over the head wit ha soft object. The object would shift like the yellow fruit, the banana. Top banana still is used mainly is show business. Yet the expression can also be used to describe the top person in any area. A key pine is another word for important person. The expression comes from the game of bowling. The king pine is the number one pine if had correctly the bowling ball, the king pine would make the other 9 pines fall. And that is the object of the game. So the most important person in a project or business the king pine. If the king pine is removed, the business or project would likely to fail. King pine is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader or a criminal game. A newspaper may report for example, that police have arrested the suspected king pin of a car stealing operation.

Some expressions describe people who are important or who are at least think they are . One such expression is bigwig . In 17th century , the important men in Europe begun to wear false hair called wigs . as year as pasted wigs begun to get bigger . The sizes of a man’s wigs depended on how important you was ,. The more important you was the bigger wig you wore . Some wigs were so large they covered a man’s shoulders or back . Today the expression of bigwig is used to make fun of a person who feels important , People never tell someone he is a bigwig but only use this expression behind his back .Big wheel is another way to describe any important person . A big wheel may be a 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 turn .Big wheels begun a popular expression after world war two . It probably comes from an expression especially used for many years by people who fixed cars and trucks .They said a person rolled a big wheel if he was important and had influence . The top of some things is that a highest part so it is not surprising that top is part of another expressions that describe any important person .The expression is top banana . A top banana is a leading person in a company show . The funniest comedian is called the top banana .The next is second banana and so on .Why a banana ? A comedian actor in early days often included a part where one of the comedians would hit the others over head with a soft object. The object would shake like yellow fruit the banana . Top banana still is used mainly in show business .Yet the expression can also be used to describe the top persons in any area . A kingpin is another word for important person .The expression comes from the game of bowling . The kingpin is the number one pin . If hit correctly with 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 of a project is likely to fail .kingpin is often used to describe an important criminal or the leader of a criminal gang game . A newspaper may report for example that police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a car steeling 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 wig. 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' wig depended on how important he was.

 

The more important he was or thought he was , the bigger the wig he wore. Some wigs are so large that they cover a 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 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 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. They have hit correctly with the bowling ball . The kingpin 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 kingpin is removed the business of a 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 .

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Now the VOA Special English program: words and their stories. Some expressions describe person who are important or who at least think they are. One such expression is wig?? In the seventeen century, the important man in Europe began to wear false hair called wigs? As years passed, wicks 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 wig he wore. Some wigs are so big that they cover their shoulder or their back.Nowadays this is to make fun of a person who think he is very big. People will not say they are vigs. People never tell someone he is a big wig They only use this expression behind his back.” “Big will “is another way to describe an important person.  A big will may be a head of a company, a political leader or a famous movie star. They are big wills because they are powerful. What they do affects many people. Big wills give them orders , other people carry them on. As a big machine, a big will makes little will turn. Big will began a popular expression after world war two. It probably comes from a useful expression used for many years by people fix pounds of cars and trucks. They said a person roll a big will if he was important and had influence. The top of something is the highest part. So it is not surprising that top is another expression that describes an important person. The expression is top banana.A top banana is the leading person in the circus show. The funniest person in the leading show is called a top banana; the next is second banana and so on.  Why a banana?  A comedy actor in earliest time often include a part  where one of the comedian will hit the head of another comedian with a soft object. The object will shape like the yellow fruit the banana. “Top banana” is still used mainly in show business. Yet the expression is also use to describe the top person in any area. A king pin is another word for an important person. the expression comes from the game bowling. The king pin is the number one pin. If hit correctly in the bowling ball, the king pin will make all other nine pin fall. And that is the object of the game. so the most important person in a project or business is a king pin. If the king pin is removed, the project or business will likely 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 the police have arrested the suspected “king pin “of a car stealing operation.”

  This is VOA special programme : words and their stories was written by Marian Christiana. I am warren sheer.

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Now, the VOA Special English program, words & 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 man in Europe began to wear force hair called wig. As years past, wigs began to get bigger. The size of man’s wig depended on how important he was. 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 he is important. People never tell someone he is 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 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, others 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 fixed 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 a yellow fruit, the banana. Top banana still is used mainly in show business. Yet the expression can also 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 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 a project or a business is the kingpin. If the kingpin is removed, the business or project is likely to fail. Kingpin is often 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 & their stories was written by Marrilan Christiano. 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 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 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 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 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. 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 Sheer.

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HOMEWORK 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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 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 man in Europe began to wear false hair,call 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 cover a man shoulders or back,today the expression big wig is used to make fun of somebody 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 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 II,it probably comes from a expression used for many years by people who fix parts of cars and trucks,they said a person roled 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 experssion is top banana,a top banana is the leading person in a comedy show,the funest comedian is called the top banana,the next is second banana,and so on,why a banana,a comedy act in eariler days often include a part where one 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 no 1 pin,if hit correctly with the bowling ball,the kingpin will make all the other line 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 the criminal game,a newspaper may report for example:that police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a car stealing operation.This voa special english progrmme ,words and their stories ,was written by Marilyn Christiano,I 'm Warren Sheer

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Some expressions describe people who are important ,or who at least think they are.One such expressions is big wig .In the 17th century,important man  in Europe began to wear falsehair 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 coverd man's shoulders or back .today the expression big wig is uesd to make fun of a person who feels impotmant .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 affects many people.big wheels give the orders,other people carry them out.as in many machines ,a big wheel makes the little wheel 's turn.big wheel began a poupular expression after world war2. it probably comes from the expression used for many years by people who fixed parts of cars and trucks.they said person rowed 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 the 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 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 blowling. the kingpin is the number one pin.if hit correctly with the bowlingball,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 often used to describe an important  criminal or the leader of a criminal gang. a newpaper may report for example,that  police has arrested the suspected kingpin of a car stealing operation.

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Some expressions describe people who are important or who at least think they are. One such expression is bigwig. 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 how important he was. The more important he was or thought he was, the big the wig he wore. Some wigs are so large they covered the man’s shoulders or back. Today, the expression bigwigs is used to make fun of a person who feels important. People never tell someone he is bigwig, they only used the expression behind his back.

 

Big wheel is another way to describe important person, A big wheel maybe 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 the World War 2; it probably comes from an expression used for many years by people who fix cars and trucks. They said 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 a part of another expression that describes an important person. The expression is “top banana”. A 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 acted in earlier days often included a part where one of the comedians hit the others over the head with a soft object. The object was shaped like the yellow fruit banana. Top banana is still used in main show business. Yet the expression can also be used to describe the top person in any area.

 

A kingpin is anther 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 king pin will make other 9 pins fall. And that is the abject 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 also used to describe important criminal or the leader in a criminal gang. A newspaper may report for example “ that police had arrested the suspect king pin 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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