Jan 31

“I told him he needs a receipt to return a purchase and he just flew off the handle.” 「返品するには領収証が必要だと言ったら急に怒り出した。」


If someone “flies off the handle”, they suddenly get very angry, or lose their temper. This phrase comes from around 1843. The image is an axe head flying off the handle. Imagine you swing an axe, but the head is not held on by glue or anything like that. The axe head flies off as you swing. This unpredictable accident can be very dangerous if it hits somebody!

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Jan 24


Peanut butter is a spread made from peanuts. It can contain other ingredients to change the taste or texture, but in the USA it must be 90% peanuts. Chunky or crunchy peanut butter has small pieces of peanut, and creamy or smooth peanut butter does not. It’s often used to make toast, sandwiches, cookies, and candy. Peanut butter can also be used to make simple treats for animals such as dogs and birds, but be careful that it does not contain xylitol.

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Jan 20

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” 「暑さではなく湿気のせいで熱く感じます。」

“Then, heat the vegetables on the stove.” 「次はレンジで野菜を加熱します。」


“Heat” can be a noun (the noun form of “hot”) or a verb (to make something hot). It’s useful in cooking, and also in winter. When the weather is cold we need to heat our houses!

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