Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. The end of this year has been hectic! In honor of this frigid cold that has struck Alsace, here are some idiomatic expressions from Words and Their Stories by Voice of America’s Special English site. You can download the MP3 file from this page or directly from their site at :
English expressions that will leave you out in the cold.
Transcript of radio broadcast: 12 December 2009
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.
Cold weather has a great effect on how our minds and our bodies work. Maybe that is why there are so many expressions that use the word cold.
For centuries, the body's blood has been linked closely with the emotions. People who show no human emotions or feelings, for example, are said to be cold-blooded. Cold-blooded people act in cruel ways. They may do brutal things to others, and not by accident.
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