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Junior Trivia

Yael Mermelstein

Where Did That Expression Come From? A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Someone who hides his bad intentions by pretending to be kind. This phrase was introduced in Aesop’s fables where a wolf wore the skin of a sheep, deceiving the sheep into thinking he was one of them in order to secure food more easily. (In the story’s end, the shepherd comes to pick a sheep to kill for meat one day, and he mistakenly kills the wolf! Deceit never pays!)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Are You a Word Whiz?

An American jumper is a set of overalls with a skirt at the bottom. But when in England, if you are wearing a jumper you are wearing a warm pullover — known in America as a sweater. And what do the Brit’s call overalls with a skirt? A pinafore of course!

USA:

Jumper: Overalls with a skirt

Sweater: A warm pullover

Pinafore: Apron-like garment

ENGLAND:

Jumper: A warm pullover

Sweater: What’s that?

Pinafore Dress: Overalls with a skirt

 

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