May 03, 2015 19:00 UTC

Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions, Part 3

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There are many expressions related to eggs
There are many expressions related to eggs

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Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. We present more expressions about food. They are from Elenir Scardueli, a listener in Brazil.
 

My mother always told us there is no use crying over spilled milk. That means you should not get angry when something bad happens and cannot be changed. People said my mother was a good egg. She would always help anyone in need. We never had to walk on eggshells around her. We did not have to be careful about what we said or did because she never got angry at us. She also told us you have to break some eggs to make an omelet. This means you have to do what is necessary to move forward.


My mother believed you are what you eat. A good diet is important for good health. She would always give us nutritious food. She liked serving us meat and potatoes for dinner. Meat and potatoes can also mean the most important part of something. It describes someone who likes simple things. Here is another expression about meat: one man’s meat is another man’s poison. In other words, one person might like something very much while another person might hate the same thing.


My father was also a good and honest person. People said he was the salt of the earth. He would never pour salt on a wound, or make someone feel worse about something that was already a painful experience. However, sometimes he told us a story that seemed bigger than life. So we had to take it with a grain of salt. That is, we could not believe everything he told us.


My husband has a good job. He makes enough money to support our family. So we say he brings home the bacon. He can cut the mustard, or do what is expected of him at work. It is easy to find my husband in a crowd.  He stands almost two meters tall. He is a tall drink of water.


I take the train to work. It is not a pleasant ride because the train can be full of people. It is so crowded that we are packed like sardines – just like small fish in a can.


My supervisor at work is sometimes out to lunch. She is out of touch and does not always know what is going on in our office. Yet she is right about one thing: there is no such thing as a free lunch. Something may appear to be free of charge, but there may be a hidden cost.


When we fail to see problems at work, my supervisor tells us to wake up and smell the coffee. We need to pay more attention and fix the problem.


I once made a big mistake at the office and felt foolish. I had egg on my face.


Over the weekend, my friend invited me to watch a football game on television. But I do not like football. It is not my cup of tea.


We hope this program has given you food for thought, that is, something to think about.

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by: haphuong from: Vietnam
02/17/2013 11:41 AM
Wow. It is very useful for me. I've learnt lots of amazing idioms from this. Thanks so much


by: marlene tovarblanco from: venezuela
02/11/2013 12:29 AM
Your mother was a very wise woman.


by: Anonymous
02/09/2013 9:10 PM
very good


by: Cong Nguyen Thanh from: VietNam
02/04/2013 9:50 AM
great ! all the phrases was around egg ! i really like it very much ! i contribute my english skills so much ! thanks to all you ! thank you so much !


by: Shige from: Japan
02/04/2013 3:59 AM
The article about "food expression" is so interesting for me. In Japan, there are some food expressions such as "there is no use crying over spilled milk".


by: Sakra from: Cambodia
02/03/2013 8:59 AM
That's good one to learn with on my weekend.. It's funny with food expressions.


by: KK from: Japan
02/02/2013 9:15 PM
My example is as followed.
Japanese subway and railway are so crowded that Japanese commuters are packed like sardines every week day.


by: Tam from: Vietnam
02/02/2013 9:36 AM
So cool! I like it because of the variety of vocabulary I have never known before. Thanks VOA so much.


by: King King from: Beijing China
01/30/2013 4:43 AM
I am a Chinese, who wish to be a translator. I have been learning English for several month. VOA program makes me better and better on English standard. I will keep going on with the help of VOA.


by: Thu Hiền from: Việt Nam
01/29/2013 12:50 AM
It's interesting topic! The words creating these expressions are very familar to us, so we can remember easily. Thanks for your sharing.

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