April 24, 2014 18:45 UTC

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM April 20, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


3:37 PM - 3:42 PM April 14, 2014


3:13 PM - 3:18 PM April 14, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM April 13, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM April 06, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM March 30, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM March 23, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


6:31 PM - 6:36 PM March 20, 2014


8:49 PM - 8:54 PM March 17, 2014


6:37 PM - 6:42 PM March 17, 2014


5:50 PM - 5:55 PM March 17, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM March 16, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM March 09, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


3:48 PM - 3:53 PM March 06, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM March 02, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


2:43 PM - 2:48 PM February 27, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM February 23, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM February 16, 2014

Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


10:33 PM - 10:38 PM February 11, 2014

Do You Have a Broken Heart? A Heart of Stone?


10:24 PM - 10:29 PM February 11, 2014

Have You Heard of the Golden Rule?

Have You Heard of the Golden Rule?

    Audio Jefferson Creates New Word: 'Belittle'

    Thomas Jefferson was the first to use this word to describe Count de Buffon's books on natural history. Efforts to belittle the word "belittle" did not stop people from using the word. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Hold Up or Held Up?

    Few words can “hold a candle” to “hold” as expressions take on new meanings using the word. “Hold on,” and we will tell you all about it | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Get Your ‘Kick’ with Words

    From the first signs of life until the time they “kick the bucket,” people “kick around” many phrases to use in everyday life | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Chip on Your Shoulder

    A chip is a small piece of something, like a chip of wood. How this chip gets on a person’s shoulder and where it might fall are our topics for today’s program | Words and Their Stories

    Audio What’s a GI Joe?

    “Leatherneck,” “grunt,” “doughboy” and “GI Joe” are words that Americans call their beloved soldiers. Where these words come from is the topic of today’s program | Words and Their Stories

    Audio From Couch Potato to Cabin Fever

    Couch potato is used to describe people who likes to spend time sitting or lying down to watch television. Cabin fever is not really a disease but a term to describe boredom and restlessness. All these and more in | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Baloney or Blarney?

    A former Roman Catholic bishop of New York City, Fulton Sheen, once explained, “Baloney is praise so thick it cannot be true. And blarney is praise so thin we like it.” | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Inventor Samuel Morse sent the first message over a wire by electricity. Soon after, telegraph lines were strung going in all directions, as crooked as the vines that grapes grow on. So was born the expression, by the grapevine. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Have You Heard of the Golden Rule?

    The Golden Rule says people should treat others the way they themselves would like to be treated. We also explain "golden oldies," "gold diggers" and "good as gold" in Words and Their Stories.

    Audio Do You Have a Broken Heart? A Heart of Stone?

    People believed for a long time that the heart was the center of a person’s emotions. That is why the word heart is used in so many expressions about emotional situations. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Heart to Heart: Some Heartfelt Expressions

    Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? | Words and Their Stories

    Audio I’m Feeling Very Blue Today

    Many American expressions are based on colors | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Brrrrrrrr! Cold Enough For Ya?

    You'll be "out in the cold" unless you learn about being a cold fish and giving someone the cold shoulder | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Without Them, Machines Fall Apart

    The importance of nuts and bolts | Words and Their Stories

    Audio When Is a Choice Not Really a Choice?

    Getting stuck between a rock and a hard place | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Trains, Cats and Dogs -- They're All On Calendars

    There are calendars about food, beautiful places, sports and movies and funny calendars with popular cartoon characters as well as calendars of famous people. | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Happy New Year!

    "Auld Lang Syne" -- the music traditionally played during the New Year’s celebration in America | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Are You "In the Red" This Christmas?

    Red and green are not only the colors of Christmas -- They can be the colors of money | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Is His Name Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle or Pelznickel? Who Cares, So Long As He Brings Gifts!

    Some of the many names of the short, fat, jolly old man with a long beard, wearing a red suit with white fur who delights children at Christmas | Words and Their Stories

    Audio Let's Get Down to Brass Tacks!

    In other words, let's get to the bottom of this! | Words and Their Stories

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