[ti:You Look Like the 'Cat That Ate the Canary'][by:shang05.com][00:00.00]更多听力请访问shang05.com[00:07.37]Now, it is time for Words and Their Stories, a program from VOA Learning English.[00:18.00]People around the world love their pets.[00:21.57]And in the United States, cats are very popular.[00:26.60]But they are not just popular as pets.[00:30.12]Their often strange and funny behavior has made them really popular on the Internet too.[00:37.92]So, it is not surprising that American English has many cat expressions.[00:45.04]In past programs, we have talked about several of them.[00:49.20]But today we focus on one expression that features another animal – birds.[00:58.44]Some cats like to catch and kill small birds.[01:04.40]Birds such as sparrows, finches, robins and canaries are fair targets for these skilled hunters.[01:15.68]Today's program centers on the canary.[01:19.52]With its beautiful feathers and lovely bird-song, many people keep canaries as pets, too.[01:28.84]So, if a cat eats one, it may have a look on its face that shows both pride and guilt.[01:37.20]The cat is happy it did it even if it is wrong to eat a fellow pet.[01:42.96]Now, do cats feel guilt and pride? Probably not. But people do.[01:50.48]Let's say I look very proud but slightly guilty for doing something I should not have done,[01:59.88]others can say that I look like the cat that ate the canary.[02:05.20]You can also say "swallowed" instead of "ate." Both work.[02:10.84]This look is not one of honest pride for hard work or a great achievement.[02:18.44]If looks could talk, this one would say,[02:22.28]"I just got away with something and you have no idea what it is.[02:27.88]I should not have done it and I know it was wrong.[02:31.76]But I am still pleased with myself!"[02:35.12]That's right. The expression "to look like the cat that ate the canary" says all of that.[02:43.00]When using this expression, don't forget the guilt part.[02:48.76]Let's say you have a friend who studied really hard on a test and then scored really well.[02:55.84]She feels proud of her accomplishment.[02:59.12]Her smiling face shows it.[03:02.88]But you would not say to her,[03:05.16]"Well, don't you look like the cat who ate the canary. Congratulations!"[03:10.32]The expression does not work that way.[03:14.36]However, if she did not study but still passed because she cheated[03:20.52]and still looks proud about it ... then the expression will work quite well.[03:27.80]Now, we use this expression in other situations.[03:31.80]Maybe we know something that no one else does and it shows on our face.[03:37.72]We have a secret.[03:40.16]We may look like the cat that swallowed the canary.[03:44.72]We use it when we are really pleased with ourselves – when we feel smug.[03:52.32]What does "smug" mean, you might ask.[03:55.32]When you are smug, you are TOO proud of yourself[03:59.48]– to the point where other people are upset or annoyed with you.[04:05.16]You are too self-satisfied.[04:09.12]People who look like the cat that ate the canary are also hiding something from others[04:15.56]or simply not telling all the details.[04:19.64]One word for that is being coy.[04:23.84]And that's all the time we have for this Words and Their Stories.[04:29.44]Find a chance to practice with today's expression[04:32.64]– "you look like the cat that ate the canary."[04:35.56]Until next time ...[04:37.12]I'm Anna Matteo.[04:39.00]Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats[05:01.24]更多听力请访问shang05.com