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

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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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