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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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