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Speed Reading


Please read the following items carefully, just as you would take an exam at school or college.  Remember, don’t rush.

1. It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.
2. One human hair can support 6 lbs.
3. The average man’s penis is three times the length of his thumb.
4. Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.
5. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.
6. The average person’s skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

At this point, most women reading this will be finished. Most men are probably still staring at their thumbs.  Good Day.

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For those of you who are struggling to learn the English language, let me help you out a little with a few tips on popular English idioms, or idiomatic expressions if you prefer the term.

Just to be sure we’re on the same page, let me say that an Idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words, which can make idioms hard for ESL students and learners to understand.

Today we will learn several idioms related with food.  I call them “food idioms”.  Here we go.

1.  “… apple of ….. eye.”  An example would be, “”The youngest daughter was the apple of his eye.” It means, someone that one likes a lot.

2.  “Bring home the bacon.”  An example would be, “The oldest son felt it was his responsibility to bring home the bacon.” It means, to earn a living for the family.

3.  “Bread and butter.”  An example would be, “Windows and Microsoft Office is the bread and butter of Microsoft Corporation.” It means, basic needs of life (food,shelter,clothing).

4.  “A piece of cake.”  An example would be, “She knew she had passed the English exam, it was a piece of cake.” It means, to find something easy to do.

5.  “A big cheese.”  An example would be, “John Doe was the big cheese at the company’s Christmas party.” It means, an important person, a leader (usually about business).

6.  “Another bite at the cherry.”  An example would be, “Jane got another bite at the cherry when she resat his exams.” It means, to be given a another chance of doing or getting something.

7.  “As cool as a cucumber.”  An example would be, “Although British secret agent James Bond was driving at 110 mph, he was as cool as a cucumber.” It means, to remain calm under pressure.

8.  “A bad egg.”  An example would be, “He was a bad egg in the neighborhood.” It means, a bad person, to be avoided.

9.  “A pretty or fine kettle of fish.”  An example would be, “They’re divorced, and someone’s sat them next to each other—that’s a fine kettle of fish.” It means, a difficult or awkward situation.

10.  “Cry over spilled milk.”  An example would be, “It’s no use crying over spilled milk, what’s done is done.” It means, to cry or complain about something that has already happened.

11.  “As keen as mustard”  An example would be, “The athletic student was keen as mustard because he really wanted to win the competition.” It means, to be very eager.

12.  “Nutty as a fruitcake.”  An example would be, “Students say the Algebra teacher is as nutty as a fruitcake using all those formulas.”  It means, to be slightly crazy.

13.  “As easy as pie.”  An example would be, “Anyone can do that, it’s as easy as pie.” It means, when something is very easy to do.

14.  “A couch potato.”  An example would be, “She should get out more and exercise, she’s turning into a real couch potato.” It means, someone who just sits on the couch watching TV.

This is a small selection if idioms having to do with food, like cakes, milk, potatoes, pies, cucumbers and so forth.  Now it’s time to put these idioms to work.

Next time you go out and speak English with your friends, try to introduce one or two of these phrases in your conversation.  You’ll shine in the group like an English genius.  Good Day.

Source:  English Idioms and Sayings – LEO Network

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