Mouth Expressions: The Experience Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth

People use their mouths for many things. They eat, talk, shout and sing.  They smile and they kiss.  In the English language, there are many expressions using the word mouth. But some of them are not so nice.

For example, if you say bad things about a person, the person might protest and say “Do not bad mouth me.”

Sometimes, people say something to a friend or family member that they later regret because hurts that person’s feelings.  Or they tell the person something they were not supposed to tell.

The speaker might say: “I really put my foot in my mouth this time.” If this should happen, the speaker might feel down in the mouth. In other words, he might feel sad for saying the wrong thing.

Another situation is when someone falsely claims another person said something.  The other person might protest: “I did not say that.  Do not put words in my mouth.”

Information is often spread through word of mouth. This is general communication between people, like friends talking to each other.  “How did you hear about that new movie?” someone might ask. “Oh, by word of mouth.”   A more official way of getting information is through a company or government mouthpiece. This is an official spokesperson.  Government-run media could also be called a mouthpiece.

Sometimes when one person is speaking, he says the same thing that his friend was going to say. When this happens, the friend might say: “You took the words right out of my mouth!” Sometimes a person has a bad or unpleasant experience with another person.  He might say that experience “left a bad taste in my mouth.” Or the person might have had a very frightening experience, like being chased by an angry dog.  He might say: “I had my heart in my mouth.”

Some people have lots of money because they were born into a very rich family.  There is an expression for this, too. You might say such a person, “was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”

This rich person is the opposite of a person who lives from hand to mouth. This person is very poor and only has enough money for the most important things in life, like food.

Parents might sometimes withhold sweet food from a child as a form of punishment for saying bad things. For example, if a child says things she should not say to her parents, she might be described as a mouthy child. The parents might even tell the child to stop mouthing off.

But enough of all this talk.  I have been running my mouth long enough.

He Took the Blame for Someone Else

Every week at this time, the Voice of America tells about popular words and expressions used in the United States. Some expressions have made a jump from sports events to everyday life. One such expression is fall guy. A fall guy is the person who someone decides will be the loser or victim.

The first fall guys were men who wrestled for money. At the end of the nineteenth century, wrestling was a very popular sport in the United States. Wrestling competitions were held not only in big cities, but also at country fairs and traveling shows. As the sport became more popular, it became less and less of a sport. Many of the matches were fixed. The wrestlers knew — before the match — which one of them would be the winner.

The goal in wrestling is to hold your opponent’s shoulders down against the floor. This is called a fall. Sometimes, one of the wrestlers would be paid before the match to take the fall.  He would agreed to be the loser…the fall guy.

Today, a fall guy is anyone who is tricked into taking the blame for the crime or wrongdoing of someone else. There are fall guys in many situations — people who publicly take the blame when something goes wrong.

A fall guy takes the rap for something wrong or illegal. He accepts responsibility and punishment for what someone else did.  The fall guy may have been involved in the situation, but was not the person who should be blamed.

The word rap has meant blame for several hundred years. The expression to take the rap first was used about one hundred years ago.

Another similar expression is bum rap.  A person receives a bum rap if he is found guilty of a crime…but is really innocent.

Sometimes, a fall guy may not realize he is the fall guy until he is the victim of a bum rap. In that case, he may feel that he has been framed.  To frame someone is to create false evidence to make an innocent person seem guilty.

Some word experts say the expression to frame someone comes from the way wood must be fitted closely around a painting or photograph to frame it. In the same way, evidence must be designed perfectly if it is to frame an innocent person to make him or her seem guilty.

What Does the Average Joe Think?

A person’s name is very important. Some names also have special meanings in popular American expressions.  To better understand what I mean, sit back and listen.  You might even want to get a cup of Joe, I mean, a cup of coffee.

One day, an average Joe was walking down the street.  An average Joe is a common person – either male or female.   This average Joe was lost.  He did not know Jack about where he was going.  By this, I mean he did not know anything about where to find things in the city.

So average Joe asked John Q. Public for directions to the nearest bank.  John Q. Public is also a common person – male or female.

Jeez Louise,” said John Q. Public.  This is an expression of surprise.  “Jeez Louise, don’t you know that all banks are closed today?  It is Saturday.”

For Pete’s sake,” said average Joe.  This is also an expression used to show a feeling like surprise or disappointment.

“For Pete’s sake.  I do not believe you,” said average Joe.  He was being a doubting Thomas, someone who does not believe anything he is told.

At that moment, Joe Blow was walking down the street with a woman.  Joe Blow is also an expression for a common man. Now this Joe Blow was NOT walking next to a plain Jane.  A plain Jane is a woman who is neither ugly nor pretty.  She is simply plain.  No, the woman with Joe Blow was a real Sheila – a beautiful woman.

Average Joe asked the woman if all banks were closed on Saturday.  “No way, Jose,” she answered.  This is a way of saying “no.”  “No way, Jose.  Many banks are open on Saturdays.”

Average Joe did not know either of these two people from Adam.  That is, he did not know them at all.  But he followed their directions to the nearest bank.

When he arrived, he walked to the desk of the chief bank employee.  Now this man was a true Jack of all trades.  He knew how to do everything.

“I am here to withdraw some money so I can pay my taxes to Uncle Sam,” said average Joe.  Uncle Sam represents the United States government.  The banker produced some papers and told average Joe to sign his John Hancock at the bottom.   A John Hancock is a person’s signed name – a signature.  Historically, John Hancock was one of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence.  Hancock had a beautiful signature and signed his name larger than all the others.

As average Joe left the bank he began to sing.  But sadly, average Joe was not a good singer.  He was a Johnny One Note.   He could only sing one note.

If a Student’s Grades Hit Bottom, It Is Time to Hit the Books

VOA Special English Program မွ Words and Their Stories ဟာ စကားလံုးေတြကို တကယ့္ျဖစ္ရပ္မွန္ေတြ၊ အျဖစ္အျပက္ဇာတ္လမ္းေလးေတြကတစ္ဆင့္ အဂၤလိပ္စာကို အေကာင္းဆံုးေလ့လာနိုင္တဲ့ အစီအစဥ္ေကာင္းတစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္၊၊ ေခတ္ေပၚစကားလံုး အသံုးအႏွူံး ေတြကို လည္းေလ့လာနိုင္ပါတယ္၊၊

ဒီတစ္ပတ္ “Hit” နဲ ့ပတ္သက္တာေတြကိုတင္ျပထားပါတယ္၊၊

Hit is a small word but it has a lot of power.  Baseball players hit the ball.  Missiles hit an airplane.  A car hits a tree.

Hit also joins with other words to create many colorful expressions.  One is hit the road. It means to travel or to leave a place, as suggested in this song, “Hit the Road.” Continue reading



ဦးေအာ္ပီက်ယ္ရဲ  ့အေတြးအေခၚပါတဲ ့ ရွားပါးကာတြန္းေလးကိုမွ်ေ၀လိုက္ပါတယ္၊၊

Dragons and Princesses

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”Rainer Maria Rilke

I was in Tokyo last spring, walking beneath neon signs and cherry blossoms with my dear friend Kirsten. Right about the time the sun was setting, we heard the sound of a jazz band coming from an alley. Turns out it was a group of four very hip Japanese college students playing their hearts out for anyone who would listen. Continue reading

Money Can Make People Do Strange Things

VOA Special English Program မွ Words and Their Stories ဟာ စကားလံုးေတြကို တကယ့္ျဖစ္ရပ္မွန္ေတြ၊ အျဖစ္အျပက္ဇာတ္လမ္းေလးေတြကတစ္ဆင့္ အဂၤလိပ္စာကို အေကာင္းဆံုးေလ့လာနိုင္တဲ့ အစီအစဥ္ေကာင္းတစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္၊၊ ေခတ္ေပၚစကားလံုး အသံုးအႏွူံး ေတြကို လည္းေလ့လာနိုင္ပါတယ္၊၊ ဒီတစ္ပတ္ “Money Can Make People Do Strange Things” ကိုတင္ျပထားပါတယ္၊၊

Many people believe that money makes the world go around. Others believe that money buys happiness. I do not agree with either idea. But I do admit that money can make people do strange things. Let me tell you about a person I once knew who liked to play card games for money. He liked to gamble. Continue reading

‘Luck’ by Mark Twain

I was at a dinner in London given in honor of one of the most celebrated English military men of his time. I do not want to tell you his real name and titles. I will just call him Lieutenant General Lord Arthur Scoresby.

I can not describe my excitement when I saw this great and famous man. There he sat. The man himself, in person, all covered with medals. I could not take my eyes off him. He seemed to show the true mark of greatness. His fame had no effect on him. Continue reading

Two Days We Should Not Worry

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.

We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow
with all its possible adversities, its burdens,
its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

Tomorrow’s sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.

This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.

What If…

What if… a long, long time ago… somebody told you that you would one day live on a beautiful planet, surrounded by stars and mountains and oceans and where almost anything was possible…

What if they told you that you’d have the ability to laugh and sing and love… and that you’d also be met by many interesting, sometimes painful challenges, all of them designed to teach you important lessons you will need for future journeys.

What if somebody told you this hundreds of years ago – before you were even born?

Would you have believed them?

Ron Atchison

Green: More Than Just a Color

VOA Special English Program မွ Words and Their Stories ဟာ စကားလံုးေတြကို တကယ့္ျဖစ္ရပ္မွန္ေတြ၊ အျဖစ္အျပက္ဇာတ္လမ္းေလးေတြကတစ္ဆင့္ အဂၤလိပ္စာကို အေကာင္းဆံုးေလ့လာနိုင္တဲ့ အစီအစဥ္ေကာင္းတစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္၊၊ ေခတ္ေပၚစကားလံုး အသံုးအႏွူံး ေတြကို လည္းေလ့လာနိုင္ပါတယ္၊၊

Green is an important color in nature. It is the color of grass and the leaves on trees. 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 new to 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 a soldier 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.

About one hundred years ago, greenhorn was a popular expression in the American west. Old-timers used it to describe a man who had just arrived from one of the big cities back east. The greenhorn lacked the skills he would need to live in the hard, rough country.

Someone who has the ability to grow plants well is said to have a green thumb. The expression comes from the early nineteen hundreds.

A person with a green thumb seems to have a magic touch that makes plants grow quickly and well. You might say that the woman next door has a green thumb if her garden continues to grow long after your plants have died.

The Green Revolution is the name given some years ago to the development of new kinds of rice and other grains. The new plants produced much larger crops. The Green Revolution was the result of hard work by agricultural scientists who had green thumbs.

Green is also the color used to describe the powerful emotion, jealousy. The green-eyed monster is not a frightening creature from outer space. It is an expression used about four hundred years ago by British writer William Shakespeare in his play “Othello.”

It describes the unpleasant feeling a person has when someone has something he wants. A young man may suffer from the green-eyed monster if his girlfriend begins going out with someone else. Or, that green-eyed monster may affect your friend if you get a pay raise and she does not.

In most places in the world, a green light is a sign to move ahead. A green light on a traffic signal means your car can continue on. In everyday speech, a green light means approval to continue with a project. We want you to know we have a green light to continue this series next week.

“Eleven Hints for Life”

1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return.
But what is more painful is to love someone and never
find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who
means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was
never meant to be and you just have to let go.

3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a
porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away
feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had. Continue reading

Dinner Is on the House

VOA Special English Program မွ Words and Their Stories ဟာ စကားလံုးေတြကို တကယ့္ျဖစ္ရပ္မွန္ေတြ၊ အျဖစ္အျပက္ဇာတ္လမ္းေလးေတြကတစ္ဆင့္ အဂၤလိပ္စာကို အေကာင္းဆံုးေလ့လာနိုင္တဲ့ အစီအစဥ္ေကာင္းတစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္၊၊ ေခတ္ေပၚစကားလံုး အသံုးအႏွူံး ေတြကို လည္းေလ့လာနိုင္ပါတယ္၊၊

ဒီတစ္ပတ္ “Dinner Is on the House” ကိုတင္ျပထားပါတယ္၊၊

Most people enjoy working for several reasons. Their job might be fun, or they like their employer and the other people at work. Most people I know, however, work for the money. I do not know anyone who is loaded, or extremely rich. Most of my friends work to earn enough money to live. They have to make ends meet. They have to earn enough money to pay for the things they need. Some even live from hand to mouth. They only have enough money for the most important things. Continue reading

Don’t be afraid to take chances

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts. Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.

Mountain Story ( Story of the Year)

“A son and his father were walking on the mountains.
Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
Curious, he yells: “Who are you?”
He receives the answer: “Who are you?”
And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!”
The voice answers: “I admire you!”
Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!”
He receives the answer: “Coward!”
He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?”
The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.”
Again the man screams: “You are a champion!”
The voice answers: “You are a champion!”
The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.
It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life;
Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”

— Unknown Author

နိုင္ငံတကာပညာေရး တစ္ေစ့တစ္ေစာင္း

ႏွစ္တစ္ႏွစ္ရဲ႕ အခု လပိုင္းေတြဟာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာမွာ ေက်ာင္းတက္လိုသူေတြနဲ႔ ေက်ာင္း ေအးဂ်င့္ေတြ အလုပ္မ်ားတဲ့ အခ်ိန္လို႔ ဆိုႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက မ်ားစြာေသာ ေက်ာင္းေတြရဲ႕ ေက်ာင္းဖြင့္ ရာသီ အေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားဟာ ၾသဂုတ္၊ စက္တင္ဘာလေတြမွာ ျဖစ္ေပမယ့္ ေက်ာင္း၀င္ခြင့္ ေလွ်ာက္လႊာေတြကိုေတာ့ ဇန္န၀ါရီ၊ ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီ တခ်ဳိ႕ဆိုရင္ ဒီဇင္ဘာလ ကုန္ေလာက္ေတာင္ ေနာက္ဆံုးထားၿပီး ေပးပို႔ ရတာ ေတြ႕ရွိသလိုပဲ။ ဇန္န၀ါရီ၊ ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီ ေလာက္မွာ ဖြင့္တဲ့ Mid-Year Intake အတြက္လည္း ဒီလေတြမွာ အၿပီး ေလွ်ာက္ရတာေတြ ရွိတတ္ပါတယ္။

ႏိုင္ငံတကာမွာ ပညာေရးကို စီးပြားေရး ေစ်းကြက္ တစ္ခု၊ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေငြရွာတဲ့ လုပ္ငန္းႀကီး တစ္ခုအေနနဲ႔ ရပ္တည္ေနတာ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း အေတာ္ေလး ၾကာေနပါၿပီ။ ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္ၿပီး ႏိုင္ငံမ်ားမွာ အထူးသျဖင့္ အဂၤလိပ္ စကားေျပာ ႏိုင္ငံေတြ မွာရွိတဲ့ တကၠသိုလ္ႀကီးေတြဟာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ပညာေရး ေစ်းကြက္မွာ ေစ်းကြက္ဦးေဆာင္မႈကို ႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ ကတည္းက ရေနခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။ ကမၻာ့ႏိုင္ငံ အရပ္ရပ္က ေနၿပီးေတာ့ ႏွစ္စဥ္ ေက်ာင္းလာတတ္တဲ့ ေက်ာင္းသားေတြဆီကေန ပညာသင္ စရိတ္ကစလို႔ အျခားေနထိုင္ စား ေသာက္စရိတ္ေတြ အပါအ၀င္ အျခား ၀န္ေဆာင္မႈေတြကေန ႏွစ္စဥ္ရတဲ့ ၀င္ေငြဟာ အဲဒီႏိုင္ငံ စီးပြားေရးရဲ႕ အဓိက ၀င္ေငြရတဲ့ အခန္းက႑မွာ ရပ္တည္ေနတာကို ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ Continue reading

waiting around for a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’

Sometimes, I feel like reading a poem and hope so do you…. here is the one that really moves me… I gives it a name . waiting around for a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’……..

Waiting around for a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’…

Do you dare stay out?
Do you dare go in?
How much can you lose?
How much can you win?
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အမ်ားမိုးခါးေရေသာက္လို ့ေသာက္ရတယ္လို ့ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို ့ေျပာေျပာေနသည္မွာၾကာေနပါျပီ၊၊ တကယ္ပံုျပင္မွန္ကို ဆရာ ေက်ာ္ေစာမင္းေက်းဇူးေၾကာင့္ ႐ွင္းလင္းသြားပါသည္၊၊

ေ႐ွးအခါက ဗာရာဏသီျပည္တြင္ ဘုရင့္ပုေရာဟိတ္က ဘုရင္ကိုေျပာသည္၊၊ ေနာက္တစ္ပတ္အၾကာတြင္ မိုးၾကီးခုႏွစ္ရက္ဆက္တိုက္ရြာမည္၊၊ ထိုမိုးမွာ မိုးခါးၾကီးျဖစ္၍ ေသာက္မိသူမ်ား ႐ွုးၾကမည္၊၊ Continue reading

ျဖန္ ့ထြက္ေတြးျခင္း

ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို ့က သမားရိုးက် အေတြးေတြထဲမွာ ပတ္ခ်ာလည္ျပီး သမားရိုးက် အေတြပဲ ေတြးတတ္ၾကပါေတာ့တယ္၊ ေျပာင္းျပန္လွန္ျပီး မေတြးတတ္ဘူး၊၊ ၾကားေဖာက္ျပီး မေတြးတတ္ဘူး၊၊ ေဘးကေန မေတြးတတ္ဘူး၊၊

ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို ့ပုဆိုး၀တ္တယ္ဆိုရင္..ပုဆိုး၀တ္တယ္လို ့ပဲေတြးတတ္တယ္၊၊ ပုဆိုးထဲ လူ၀င္လိုက္တယ္လို ့မေတြးတတ္ဘူး၊၊ တကယ္ေတာ့ ပုဆိုးထဲ လူ၀င္လိုက္တာပါပဲ၊၊



အခါတစ္မွားမွာ ဘုရင္ၾကီးတစ္ဦက ဒီလို မိန္ေတာ္မူပါသတဲ့ …

“အားလံုးေသာလူေတြဟာ လူလိမ္ေတြခ်ည္းပဲ”………….

အဲဒီအခါမွာ ယုတၱိေဗဒ ပညာရွင္တစ္ေယက္ကၾကားေတာ့

“ဘုရင္မင္းျမတ္ရဲ ့အဆိုကို မွန္တယ္လို ့ပဲဆိုၾကပါစို ့”…လို ့ေျပာျပီး ဆင္ေျခတစ္ထံုးကိုဖြဲ ့ လိုက္သတဲ့၊၊ သူ ့ဆင္ေျခက………..

“ဘုရင္မင္းျမတ္က ‘အားလံုးေသာ လူတို ့သည္ လူလိမ္မ်ားျဖစ္ၾကသည္’ ဟုဆိုသည္၊၊ သို ့ေသာ္ ဘုရင္မင္းျမတ္သည္လည္းလူတစ္ေယာက္ျဖစ္သည္၊၊ လူလိမ္ေျပာေသာ စကားတို ့သည္ မမွန္၊၊ ထို ့ေၾကာင့္ အားလံုးေသာ လူတို ့သည္ လူလိမ္မ်ားျဖစ္ၾကသည္ဆိုေသာ အဆိုသည္မမွန္၊၊ ထို ့ေၾကာင့္ အားလံုးသေသာ လူတို ့သည္ လူလိမ္မ်ား မဟုတ္ၾက” လို ့ေလ်ာက္လဲခ်က္ေပးသတဲ့၊၊

Open Sky

ဒီေန ့ေခတ္လူငယ္ေတြ ျဖစ္ခ်င္တဲ့ဆႏၵေတြအမ်ားၾကီးထဲမွာ...အဂၤလိပ္စာ..တတ္ခ်င္တာလဲပါမယ္ထင္ပါတယ္၊၊ တစ္ခါတစ္ေလ… အရမ္းေလးတဲ့ အဂၤလိပ္စာေတြဖတ္ဖို ့ၾကိဳးစားရင္း အဂၤလိပ္စာ ဖတ္ခ်င္စိတ္ေပ်ာက္သြားတတ္ပါတယ္၊၊ ကြ်န္ေတာ္အၾကံေပးခ်င္တာကေတာ့…ကိုယ္စိတ္၀င္းစားတဲ့… စာတိုစာစေလးေတြစဖတ္တာ…ဒါမွမဟုတ္… “Laughter” ေလးေတြဖတ္တာဟာ..ေပါ့ေပါ့ပါးပါးနဲ ့အဂၤလိပ္စာကို ေလ့လာနိုင္ပါတယ္… ဥပမာ…အခုေအာက္မွာ ေဖၚျပမဲ့ “Laughter” ေလးမွာ… ထူးထူးဆန္းဆန္းနဲ ့စိတ္၀င္စားဖြယ္ Adjective ေတြကိုေလ့လာနိုင္သလို.. ရသေလးတစ္ခုကိုလည္းေပးနိုင္ပါလိမ့္မယ္..ၾကိဳးစားျပီးဖတ္ေစခ်င္ပါတယ္….

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.
Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, “Kemosabe, look towards sky, what you see?”
The Lone Ranger replies, “I see millions of stars.”
“What that tell you?” asked Tonto.
The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says,

Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

“Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.
“Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning.
“Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.
it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.
What’s it tell you, Tonto?”
“You dumber than buffalo chip.   Someone stole the tent.”


The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. Continue reading