只用一本书提高英语听力能力!重温经典名著双语阅读小编推荐:跟着纪录片学英语不背单词和语法,轻松学英语
返回列表 回复 发帖

[word-lover] 【整理】2008-07-06 Words and Their Stories

提高英语听力能力 找对方法很重要!
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 ,
返回列表