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

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Americans often use expressions about animals.In 2008 the main candidates of president each use this expression:"you can put lipstick on the pig,but it is still a pig"This means that it is the waste of time to change something from uglly or unpleasant-looking to beautiful.There are other expressions about improving a pigs appearance like this one a hog in the silk coat is still a hog.Hogs are simillar to pigs only bigger.Americans use many other expressions about pigs hogs and female hogs call sows like this one:you can not make a silk purse out of a south ear.This means you can not creat something valuable from something that has no value.In a pig is another unusuaral expression.It means something that is not so or will never happen.Then there is the expression casting purls before swine.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.which is called a piggy bank.You can buy a small cotainer shaped like a pig.It has a hole where child can put money into it. Hogs are very large animals.You say you eat high on the hog during a holiday it means you eat very good or costly food.if you went a whole hog on your trip,it means you did everything possible to have fun.but you should never go Hogwild at any time because that means behaving badly. hogs take up a lot of space.but people should not take up more than their 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 couch.and a rude hog is a driver who uses more than he share of the road .such a driver increases dangers for other drivers. pig terms are also used in American politics. farms mark their pigs years to identified them.In politics earmarks are money set aside for a projact in a congress homestate or locality and politicias might say there is a lot of pork in a budget purposal meaning wastful spending. In many area pigs provide ham bacon and other pot products to eat .all americans want to be able to bring home the bacon that means to earn enough money to provide the nessisisties of life.Experts say this term was fist used in the 1920s. but it is believed to come from the much older game of catching a grest pig this was popular revent of coutry affairs in which the winner was awarded the pig.
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