It is surprising how many expressions that Americans use every day came from the card game of poker. For example, you hear the expression, ace in the hole, used by many people who would never think of going near a poker table. An ace in the hole is an arg
Baseball Terms This Is a Whole New Ballgame
Baseball is Americas national sport. So it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game.
Each baseball team has nine players. The pitcher of
Today we explain some expressions about birds. For example, if something 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 an area from above.
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Buff Are You a Buff About Something
The word buff has several meanings. Buff is a light yellow color. Buff is also a soft cloth used to rub a surface until it looks bright and shiny.
Yet, these meanings are old, and their history is not known. The meanin
There are many American expressions that use parts of the body. These include the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and even the heart. Today we will tell you some expressions that use other body parts the back, shoulders and chest.
When I am facing a lot of pressu
Some expressions describe people who are important, or at least who think they are. One such expression is, bigwig.
In the seventeenth century, important men in Europe began to wear false hair, called wigs. As years passed, wigs began to get bigger. The s
Battle-Axe Use at Your Own Risk
Jane Smith is president of a large sales company in a city on the American West Coast. For years her company has made large profits. It has done well, even during bad economic times.
Miss Smith pays her workers well. She gi
Every week at this time we tell the story of words and expressions used in American English. Some of them are old. Some are new. Together, they form the living speech of the American people.
Some popular expressions are a mystery. No one is sure how they
Todays program is all about eyes. When it comes to relationships, peoples eyes can be a window into their hearts. This means that their eyes can tell a lot about how they feel. We will tell a story about a man and woman who are teachers at the same school
Baloney It's Just Not True
Baloney is a kind of sausage that many Americans eat often. The word also has another meaning in English. It is used to describe something usually something someone says that is false or wrong or foolish.
Baloney sausage comes f