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

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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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