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                           Words and their stories

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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