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Beware the Ides of March.

People who believe in luck and bad luck -- that is to say,those considered superstitious  may think that somedays or events are unlucky.

In the United States, Friday the 13 is known as an unlucky day bysuperstitious people. Another famously unlucky day for some is March 15,also known as, The Ides of March.

The Ides of March is so unlucky that it is often spoken as a warning: Beware the Ides of March.


Green Means Spring and Other Things

Green is an important color in nature. It is the color of grass and the leaves ontrees. It is also the color of most growing plants.

Sometimes, the word green means young, fresh and growing. Sometimes, it describes something that is not yet ripe or finished.

For example, a greenhorn is someone who has no experience, who is newto a situation. In the fifteenth century, a greenhorn was a young cow or ox whose horns had not yet developed. A century or so later, a greenhorn was asoldier who had not yet had any experience in battle. By the eighteenth century, a greenhorn had the meaning it has today - a person who is new in a job.


Don't Panic!

 Have you ever felt pure fear, a fear that makes you act in a way you normallywould not?That is panic. Panic is a great fear that makes otherwise normal people doabnormal things.

To hit the panic button means to panic suddenly. Another c

ommonexpression is widespread panic. It describes an event that causes panicamong large numbers of people.  For example, The spread of disease causedwidespread panic throughout 

Europe during The Middle Ages.


American Expressions in the Home

Some unusual words describe how a person spends his or her time.  Forexample, someone who likes to spend a lot of time sitting or lying down whilewatching television is sometimes called a couch potato.  A couch is a pieceof furniture that people sit on while watching television.

Robert Armstrong, an artist from California, developed the term couch potation 1976. Several years later, he listed the term as a trademark with the UnitedStates government. Mister Armstrong also helped write a funny book about lifeas a full-time television watcher. It is called the Official Couch Potato Handbook. 




S.O.S. In Other Words, Help!

Different people have different ways of saying things their own special expressions. Each week we tell about some popular American expressions. What you are listening to is a call for help. It is the Morse code distress signal S.O.S. For years, telegraph operators used Morse code to communicate across the country and around the world.


Not All Mother Expressions Are As Nice As Mom

In the United States, Mothers Day falls on the second Sunday in May. It was back in 1908 when a woman named Anna Jarvis created this unofficial holiday to honor mothers. However, Ms. Jarvis would later criticize Mothers Day. She said it had become too commercial -- too much about spending money. She had a good point. Traditionally, children and husbands celebrate mothers of all ages by buying flowers, cards and other gifts or taking them to dinner in a nice restaurant. But today, you will not need any money at all. We instead will talk about some expressions that use the word "mother."


Common French Words in American English

Bonjour! Just kidding. We are speaking English. But today we are featuring French words that we use in English. For example, mayday is an emergency code word. It is used around the world in voice communications. You might see a war movie in which an airplane has been hit by rocket fire. The pilot gets on his radio and calls mayday, mayday, mayday to tell that his plane is in danger of crashing to the ground.


Hold Your Horses!

In the past, many people depended on horses for transportation, farming andother kinds of work. A lot of people still like to ride horses for sport. Horseracing and betting on horse racing are also popular. So, it is not surprising thatAmericans use a lot of expressions about horses. Long ago, people who were rich or important rodehorses that were very tall. Today, if someone acts better than everyone else, youmight tell him to get off your high horse.


Let the Sun Shine In

The first expression is about everything, everything under the sun. If you own a store that sold many different items, your advertisements could say you sell everything under the sun. This would not be exactly true, of course. But what would advertising be without some creative descriptions? Here is another example: Lets say you are talking with a friend you have not seen for a long time. The two of you could have a lot of catching up to do. So, you talk about everything under the sun. Under the sun is an old expression at least 3,000 years old. It means everywhere the sun shines. King Solomon of Israel used it in the Bible. He wrote that nothing under the sun is new. What has been will be again, he said, and what has been done will be done again.


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