Happy Punctuation Day!

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Reposted from NPR (The original document is at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130103176&sc=fb&cc=fp):

Its National Punctuation Day! If that sentence made you cringe, then welcome to the fold. Its, it's. Your, you're. Why can't people get it right?

On Friday, Sept. 24, punctuation aficionados across the country celebrated the seventh annual National Punctuation Day. Last year's celebration featured a baking contest (here's the recipe for "Punctuation Meatloaf"), and this year, organizers kicked off a punctuation-inspired haiku challenge:

Em dash or en dash.

American Idioms - 美國片語-Learn the ropes

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Learn the ropes - to learn the basics of something 從基礎學起

例句:
You have to learn the ropes when you start a new job. 當你開始一個新工作時,你要從基礎學起。
You have to learn the ropes first before you can start working on more difficult tasks. 你要先把基礎學好,然後可以做比較困難的工作。

American Idioms - 美國片語 - Ants in your pants

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Ants in your pants - can not stop moving 無法停下來, 好像有螞蟻在褲子裡

例句:
Owen has ants in his pants that he can never stay still. Owen 從來無法停下來就好像有螞蟻在他褲子裡。

A: Are you ok? You look like you have ants in your pants. 你還好嗎? 你看起來好像有螞蟻在你褲子裡。
B: Yeah, I need to go to bathroom very bad! 對呀, 我急著要上廁所

American Idioims - 美國片語 - None of your business

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None of your business - nothing to do with you. Don't ask about things that do not concern you. 不要愛管閒事, 沒有你的事

例句:
Her actions are her own, it's none of your business. 她要做的是她的事,與你無關。
What John decides to do does not concern you. It's none of your business. John決定要做得是與你無關,不要愛管閒事.