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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 something is for the birds, it is worthless or is not very interesting. Someone who eats like a bird eats very little. And a bird’s eye view is a general look at an area from above. Did you know that if you tell a young person about the birds and bees, you are explaining about sex and birth? Have you ever observe that birds of a feather flock together, in other words people who 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 some you have by trying to get more of something you do not have. Sometimes I can do two things by performing only one action. This is called killing two birds with one stone. But I would never really kill any birds. I love all kinds of animals. This is a real feather in my cap. It is something to be proud of. Most of the people I work with are early birds. They believe that the early bird catches the worm. They think that a person who gets up early in the morning for work has the best chance of success. Everyone in my office works hard, but some people have had wings clipped. Their jobs have been limited. This is because the office is organized by packing order. People with more years and experience are giving more responsibility. Some bird expressions are about crows, chickens and ducks. For example, when I was 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 of chicken. She will work any job for chicken feed, a small amount of money. She is easily frightened. For example, she is too 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 child. But she grew up to be a beautiful woman. Sometimes she thinks too much about having something in the future before she really has it. She counts her chickens before they are hatched. Sometimes her chicken come home to rooster, that means her actions or words cause trouble for her. However my sister does not worry about what people say about her. Criticism falls off her likes 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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