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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-06-22 Words and Their Stories

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Now , the VOA special english program , words and their stories.

Today, we explain some expressions about birds. For example, if sth is for the birds, it is worthless or not very interesting. Someone who eats like a bird eats very little. And a birds-eye view is a general look at area from above. Did you know , if you tell a young person about the birds and bees, you are explaining about sex and birth. How do you ever observe that birds and feather flock together , in other words, people are similar become friends or do things together.

Here is some good advice, a bird in a hand is worth two in the bush , this means you should not risk losing sth you have by try to get sth more or you do not have. Sometimes I can do two things by performing only one action. This calling killing two birds with one stone. But I will never really kill any bird. I love all kinds of animals. This is a real feather in may cap , it is sth to be proud of.

Most of people I work with are early birds. They belive that the early bird catchs the worm. They think that a person who gets up early in the morning has best chance of success. Everyone in my office works hard. But some people have had their wings clipped, their jobs has been limitted. This is because the office is organized by pecking order. People with more years and experience are given more responsibility.

Some bird expressions are about crows, chickens and ducks.for example , when I am driving , I always travel as the crow flies. I go the most direct way. Anyone who eats crow has to admit a mistake or defeat..

Now , let`s talk about my sister. She is not very young, she is no spring chicken.she `ll work any job for chicken feed as small amount of money. She is easily frightened, for example, she is chicken-livered to walk down a dark street alone at night. Often she will chicken out, she will not go out alone at night.

My sister was an ugly duckling, she looked strange when she was a child , but she grow up to be a beautiful wormen. Sometimes , she thinks too much about having sth in the future before she really has it. She counts her chickens before they are hatched. Sometimes her chicken come home to roost , that means her actions and words cause trouble for her. However , my sister dose not worry about what people say about her. Criticism falls off her like water off a duck`s back.

Politicians are sometimes considered lame ducks after losing an election, they have little time left in office and not much power. Congress holds a lame duck session after an election . important laws are not passed during this period.

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