LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||30/DEZ/2005 12:11 PM|
(a) A leopard can't/doesn't change his/its spots. = How a person behaved in the past is a good indication of how he will behave in the future. (This always refers to negative traits.)
He stole before and he will steal again. A leopard can't its spots.
(b) Baker's dozen = Thirteen. (Centuries ago, bakers were severely punished if they gave less than the correct amount of baked goods. Instead of giving 12 items and calling them a dozen, just to be save they would add 1 item.)
There was about a baker's dozen of boys in the room.
Henry, I want you to meet my ball and chain.
Q1: Are you a gangster?
Q2: Are you 37 years old?
(e) To go out on a limb = To guess, speculate, risk failure or ridicule (The farther out on a limb you climb, the greater the possibility of a fall.)
I'm going to go out on a limb and give you a job although I don't know you very well.
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