Thursday, June 11, 2009


I found a nice article from my English Text Book


People believed for a long time that the heart was the center of a person's emotions. That is why the heart is used in so many expressions about emotional situations.

One such expression is to lose your heart to someone. When that happens you hava fallen in love. But if the person who "won your heart" does not love you, then you are sure to have a "broken heart". In your pain and sadness, you mau decide that person is "hard-hearted" and in fact, has a "heart of stone"

may decide to "pour out your heart" to a friend. Telling someone about your personal problems can often make you feel better.

If your friend does not seem to understand how painful your broken heart is, you may ask him to "have a heart" . You are asking him to show some sympathy, to understand how important all this is to you. Your friend "has his heart in the right place" if he says he is sorry, and shows great concern for your situation.

He may, however, warn you "not wear your heart on your sleeve." In other words, do not let everyone see how lovesick you are. When your heart is on your sleeve, you are showing your deepest emotions.

If your friend says, "my heart bleeds for you," then he is a cold-hearted person who doesn't really care about his friends. What he is really saying is that his heart doesn't bleed for you. He is uncaring.

Let us turn from "affairs of the heart" or matter of love, to some other heart expressions about other emotions, courage, for example.

The word courage comes from the Latin word "cor" meaning a heart. Someone who is lacking courage is said to "lack heart"

The cowardly lion in the motion picture The Wizard of Oz believed he lacked heart. He was always afraid. So he mad a difficult trip to seek the mighty wizard of Oz, to ask for a heart.

You could say that the cowardly lion was "chickenhearted" . That is another way of describing someone who is not very brave. A chicken is noted for its bravery. Thus, someone who is chicken-hearted is not very barve or bold.

When you are frightened or concerned, your "heart is in your mouth." You might say, for example, that your heart was in your mouth when you asked the bank for more money.

If the bank says no to you, do not lose heart. Be "strong-hearted". Go to the bank. Sit down with the banker and have a "heart-to-heart" talk. Be open and honest. Explain your situation. As a result of this meeting, the bank may have a "change of heart" . It may agree to lend you the money. This would "put your heart at rest". You could stop worrying

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