Now, the VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR
A listener named Rita wants to learn about expressions
with the word "hair." So we will tell a story.
when I woke up, I looked in a mirror. I
looked very neat and organized. Not a hair was out of place. But today when I woke up, I knew I was going
to have a bad hair day. My hair was standing up in all the wrong
places. I thought I would be unhappy all
day and things would not go well. I work
at home so I just hoped that my computer would work right and not have a bad
hair day also.
I was very tired because
I did not sleep well last night. I made
the mistake of watching a horror movie on television. The movie really made my hair stand on end.
It was about a house possessed by evil spirits. The thought of having to live alone in a
house like that was so frightening it was enough to curl your hair. I will say
it another way: watching that movie was a
I prepared a meal for my
children but they were behaving badly. I
turned on the television so they would be quiet. I did not want them to be difficult or to get in my hair while I was working
on the computer.
My children were making so
much noise that I could not work. I was
getting angry. In fact, I was ready to pull my hair out. I told them to please be quiet or I would punish
them. But they knew I would not harm a hair on their heads.
decided to make myself some strong coffee so I could work better. But my drink was so strong that it could put hair on your chest.
I got back to work. I was writing a proposal
for a project. I knew that I was very
close to finishing the proposal. Success
was very close – within a hair's breadth. My supervisor called me to discuss the
project. She wanted to argue about very
small differences and unimportant details.
But I told her not to split
I got a telephone call from a friend whom I had not seen in a long time. In fact, I had not seen hide nor hair of him in months.
So I was glad to know that he was all right.
worked all day and finished my project. So
I decided to celebrate, have some fun and let
my hair down. I played some old
recordings, and my children and I danced around the room. The recordings are from my favorite musical,
a show called "Hair." It takes place
during the nineteen sixties when many young people wore their hair very
VOA Special English program was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Faith Lapidus. You can find other WORDS AND THEIR STORIES at
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