VOA:词汇掌故 (共23篇)


Express Your 'Self'
Have you ever talked to someone who only wants to talk about themselves? It's “me, me, me” or “I, I, I” from them all day long! This kind of talk can be a real “turn off” to the people listening. But at times, perhaps we are all guilty of
Don’t Be Fooled
Just kidding! To kid. To tease. To joke and fool around. They all mean about the same thing. If you kid, you make fun in a playful way. Teasing can be playful or mean spirited. It depends. To joke around is to have fun with someone. To fool someone is to
Expressions from Alice in Wonderland
Many expressions that we use in American English come from movies and books. Today we will explore expressions from Lewis Carroll's famous book “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.” This book is better known as “Alice in Wonderland.” “Alice's Adventures
Please Don't Boycott Us!
Each week we report on words and expressions commonly used in American English. We explain their meanings, their roots and how they are currently used. Today we talk a word that comes to English through the Irish. That word isboycott . Boycott can be
Will: Do You Have It?
Today we talk about a seemingly simple four-letter word: will . But do not be fooled. The word will is a strong noun and a powerful verb. As a verb, will requires you to do something. If you say youwilltake action, you have promised to do it with no
Let's Get Down to the Nitty-Gritty!
This is a program about the history of words and how we use them in conversation. Today we talk about the nounnitty-gritty . Nitty-gritty is one of many rhyming compounds in the English language. As with many rhyming compounds, nitty-gritty is informal.
Worms and Snakes: Animals We Love to Hate
Theyslither . They areslimy . For most people, they are high on the list of animals nobody loves. They are worms and snakes. From ancient folk stories to modern animated films, snakes and worms do not often play the hero. Fair or not, they are usually
Touch: One Word, Many Uses
Hello and welcome to Words and Their Stories! Touchis one of our five senses. It is our only language before birth -- as we develop inside our mothers. Later, touch is important when we are young children learning about the world. On our program today, we