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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-10-26 Words and Their Stories

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Now the VOA special English program, Words and their stories.


A person's name is very important, some names also have special meanings in popular American expressions. to better understand what I mean, sit back and listen. you might even want to get 'a cup of joe' I mean a cup of coffee.

 

One day, and average Joe was walking down the street, average Joe is a common person neither male nor female. this average Joe was lost, he didn't know Jake about where he was going. By this, I mean he did not know anything about where to find things in the city. so average Joe asked John Public for directions  to the nearest bank. John Public is also a common person, male or female. 'cheez ' said John Public, this is an expression of surprise,',don't you know that all banks are closed today, it is Saturday'. 'for pete's sake' said average Joe, this is also an expression used to show a feeling like surprise or disappointment. 'for pete's sake, I don't believe you' said average Joe. he was being adouting  Thomas, someone who did not believe anything he was told. At that moment, Joe Blow was walking down the street with a woman, Joe Blow is also an expression for a common man, now this Joe Blow was not walking  next to a plain Jane, a plain Jane is a woman who is neither ugly nor pretty. she is simply plain. now the woman with Joe Blow was a real  Shila, a beautiful woman. average Joe asked the woman if all banks were closed on Saturdays?  'no way,' she answered.  this is the way of saying no. 'no way housz' many banks are open on Saturdays.

 

average Joe did not know neither of these two people for item. that is he did not them at all, but he followed their directions to the nearest bank. when he arrived, he walked to the desk of the chief bank employee, now this man was a true jake trade, he knew how to do everything, 'i am here to withdraw some money, so i can pay my taxes to uncle Sam' said average Joe.

 

uncle Sam represents the Unit States governments. the banker produces some papers and told average Joe to sign his Joe hancok at the bottom,  a Joe Hancok is a person's sign name, a signature, historically, Joe hancok was one of the signers of the Unit States declaration of independence, hancok had a beautiful signature, and signed his name always larger than the other, as average Joe left the bank, he began to sing, but sadly, he was not a good singer, he was Johny Note, he could only sing one note.

 

This VOA special program words and expressions was written Joe Mose.

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