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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-10-19 Words and Their Stories

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this is VOA special english programme words and their stories, Amercian often use these expressions about animals , In 2008 the main candidates for president each used this expression “you can put lips stick on a pig , but it is still a pig.” this means it is waste of time to change something from ugly or unpleasant looking to beautiful. There are other expressions about improving a pig expression like this one’a hog in a silk waistcoat is still a hog.’ Hog is similar to pigs n only bigger. Amercian use many other expressions about pigs, hog, female hog called sow , like this one you can not out of ear this means you can not create some valuable from something that has no value . news:In a pig's eye is another unusual expression, It means something is not so or will never happen, then there is the expression before s that means wasting something valuable on someone who will not be thankful or care about it. However, at least one kind of pig can be useful in saving money it is called a piggy bank .You can buy a small container like a pig. It has hole where a child can put money into it. are very large animals. if you say you ate high on the hog during a holiday , it means you ate very good or costly food , if you went whole hog on your trip, it means you did everything possible to have fun, but you should never go hog wild. wild at any time because that means behaving badly, hogs take up a lot of space but people should not take up more than share if one of your children is taking up too much space sitting in front of the television, other children might say do not hog the c?? and a road hog is a driver who uses more than his share of the road ,such the driver increases the dangers for other drivers. pig terms are also used in American politics farmers mark their pig's ears to identify them. In politics ear marks are money set aside for projects in a congress homestate or locality . and politicans might say there is a lot of pork in the budget proposal meaning waste for spending. in many areas pigs provide ham bacon and other porks products to eat, all the Americans want to be able to bring home the bacon that means that to earn enough moeny to provide necessities of life . experts say this term was first used firs used in the 1920s, but it is belived to come from the much older game of catching a greased pig . this was popular event at country fairs in which the winner was awarded the pig.
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