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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - Hotheaded Hot Shot

作者:Marilyn Rice Christiano 发布日期:10-2-2011

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary ordered Vernon Davis off the field after the hotheaded tight end got a personal foul for slapping another player's helmet
Hot Potato

Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

Hot is a simple, easily understood word. So are most of the expressions made with the word hot. But not always, as we shall see.

The words hot potato, for example, give you no idea at all to the meaning of the expression, hot potato.

The potato is a popular vegetable in the United States. Many people like baked potatoes, cooked in an oven or fire. Imagine trying to carry a hot, baked potato in your hand. It would be difficult, even painful, to do so.

Now we are getting close to the meaning of hot potato.

Some publicly disputed issues are highly emotional. The issues must be treated carefully, or they will be difficult and painful if an elected official has to deal with them. As difficult and painful as holding a hot potato.

One such hot potato is taxes.

Calling for higher taxes can mean defeat for a politician. And yet, if taxes are not raised, some very popular government programs could be cut. And that also can make a politician very unpopular. So the questions must be dealt with carefully, the same way you would handle any other hot potato.

Another expression is not so hot. If you ask someone how she feels, she may answer "not so hot." What she means is she does not feel well.

Not so hot also is a way of saying that you do not really like something. You may tell a friend that the new play you saw last night is not so hot. That means you did not consider it a success.

A hot shot is a person, often a young person, who thinks he can do anything. At least he wants to try. He is very sure he can succeed. But often he fails. The expression was born in the military forces. A hot shot was a soldier who fired without aiming carefully.

Hot is a word that is often used to talk about anger.

A person who becomes angry easily is called a hothead. An angry person's neck often becomes red. We say he is hot under the collar. You could say that your friend is no hothead. But he got hot under the collar when someone took his radio.

In nineteen sixty-three, hot line appeared as a new expression.

The hot line was a direct communications link between the leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States. The hot line had an important purpose: to prevent accidental war between the two competitors during the period known as the Cold War. The American president and the Soviet leader were able to communicate directly and immediately on the hot line. This helped prevent any conflict during an international crisis.

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You have been listening to the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Our program was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. I'm Warren Scheer.

网友的学习评论(22条):
作者:yan
10-2-2011 11:46:12
i'm sorry,the first listen,i reeally what about it,buti will topping-up
作者:yuanqiou098
10-2-2011 13:3:22
Hot,I like it.I like chugging on the pepper.It's delicious to taste.And also,it's a kind of medicine.
作者:a snail
10-2-2011 20:43:33
i'm so sorry that i only konw a little about it ,but i believe i can do it !
作者:cute
10-2-2011 21:32:30
Sorry i only konw a little that but i believe me i can do it
作者:五条鱼
10-3-2011 9:9:6
felt good!
作者:mandy_qyn
10-3-2011 10:9:8
When i am holding hot potatoes in the job ,i always are hot under the collar .
作者:超级轻卡
10-3-2011 10:34:12
thank you for shary
作者:vivian
10-3-2011 13:44:52
i like potatoes,especially fried potatoes, but hoping i can keep hot potatoes away from my job and life.
作者:masterwj
10-3-2011 15:25:41
i like!
作者:Jerry
10-5-2011 14:47:39
I like this kind of thesis ,they are funny and useful.
作者:神奇小周
10-7-2011 8:40:15
It`s great . I like it . It`s useful .
作者:JerryBing
10-7-2011 9:23:4
The third times again, i feel my English make some progress. very good.
作者:Summer
10-7-2011 12:45:8
Great, it's funny and useful, let me know many other phrases of "hot".
作者:brandy
10-7-2011 20:34:45
HELLO!! IS there anybody could help me ? I just want to know how to thanslate"Some publicly disputed issues are highly emotional."? thks!!!
作者:jenny
10-11-2011 14:56:32
what is the real meaning of hot line?
作者:JerryBing
10-11-2011 21:32:0
I am crazy
作者:Jade
10-12-2011 10:55:34
I will go on study
作者:sunny
10-13-2011 8:30:50
I used to say "not so hot "in my oral English and it is surely a common phrase .I like it .I want to learn more about this phrase .
作者:Amy
10-16-2011 7:51:46
huh, come on, the another days.
作者:mch840105
10-23-2011 21:20:4
I am a hothead.when someone suffer unfair ,I,am always hot under the collar .
作者:fly_0521
10-24-2011 21:21:57
i'm very well . i thank if we have a positive and healthy atitude, we can do anything easily
作者:Felixgu
11-29-2011 8:37:13
i am a hothead as well,
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