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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-09-14 Words and Their Stories

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories

Last week, I explained some English expressions about clothes. Everything I told you was true. I did not talk through my hat or say something without knowing the facts.

 

Everyone knows there are many English expressions about clothes. There is no need to keep it a secret or keep it under your hat. In fact, if I keep talking, sure enough, you will start to think I am an old hat about this, a real expert. Do not be fool. Though, my friends sometimes call me a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is someone who acts like a good person, but is really a bad person. I am not really a bad person, but I do love clothes. It is always fun to get dress up. I look great in my best clothes. When I put them on, I feel decked out. You might say when I wear my best clothes. I am dress to the nice, or dress to the teeth, that my husband says I look dress to kill. Of course, I would never kill anyone.

 

But there is something special about putting on clothes that are pleasing to the eye. My best clothes are not modern or fashionable. Maybe someday they will come into fashion, but I really do not care. They certainly looked better on me than my birthday suit. Did you know that everyone has a birthday suit? You wear when you are wearing no clothes at all. Babies are born with their birthday suits.

 

I am very careful with my clothes. I handle them with kid gloves. I try not to get them dirty or torn. Most of my clothes fit like a glove, they fit perfectly. But when I eat too much, I feel like my clothes might burst at the seams. My clothes feel too restrictive and tight.

 

Some of the clothes I like best are hand-be-downs. My sister gave them to me when she no longer wanted them. Hand-be-downs are great, because clothes often cost too much money. I leave on a shoe string. I have very small budget and little money to spend on clothes. However, my sister has a lot of money to spend on cloth. Maybe someday the shoe will be on the other foot, the opposite will be true. I will have a lot of money to buy clothes and my sister would get hand-be-down from me.

 

I admit I dream of being rich. I dream that someday I will be able to leave like a rich person. I will know what it is like to walk in another person’s shoes. Some of my friends got rich by riding someone else’s coattails. They are successful. Today as a result of someone else be successful. But I believe you should never criticize others for something you will do yourself. What it is said about someone else can also be said about you. Remember if the shoe fits, wear it.

 

Jill Moss wrote this VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories. I’m Faith Lapidus.

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