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广东快乐十分Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English。

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Beans are a popular food in many countries。 From black to red, from kidney to pinto, beans are important in the diet of many cultures。 Rich in fiber, protein and nutrients, beans are a healthy, plant-based food。

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So, spilling the beans at home or in a store would not be good。 Food is important and does not belong on the floor。

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"Spilling the beans" when you communicate with others is also a bad thing.

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When you spill the beans, you share or make public secret information. You don't mean to do it. The secrets just spill out of you.

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However, this expression does not come from cooking beans or the fact that we shouldn't waste food。

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The expression "spill the beans" has been a part of the English language for hundreds of years. Some word historians say the term was first used all the way back in the 1500s.

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If you think that sounds old, you may be surprised to learn that the origin of "spill the beans" goes back to ancient Greece。

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广东快乐十分Several websites say this expression comes from one way ancient Greeks voted.

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Back then in some communities, people voted by dropping a white or black bean into a clay urn. If the container fell on its side or broke, the beans would spill out. And this would show everyone the results of the secret vote before all the beans were counted.

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While this origin story is interesting, it does not explain why the term "spill the beans" does not appear in common usage until much later。

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Maybe it is because other expressions with the same meaning were simply more popular. For example, letting the cat out of the bag means the same as spilling the beans. We've explained the meaning of "to let the cat out of the bag" before. But it's always good to hear it again.

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Americans use the verb "spill" in much the same way. Sometimes we simply say, "Spill it!" When you tell others to "spill it", you are asking them to tell you all the details about something immediately.

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This term is very casual and could even sound offensive depending on the situation and expression in your voice. So it's best to use it with close friends, family or when you are joking around.

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Blab is another word meaning "to spill the beans。" Blab is not the nicest word, however。 A man who blabbers keeps talking and talking, as if he can't keep his mouth closed。

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A blabber mouth is someone who can't keep their mouth shut. Blabber mouths are known for often spilling the beans and for letting more than a few cats out of the bag.

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From among our expressions today -- spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, and blabber -- the blabber mouth does not always mean someone who gives away secrets。 They sometimes just talk too much!

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Well, I don't want to be accused of being a blabber mouth. So, this will be the end this Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.

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I'm Anna Matteo.

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communicate [kə'mju:nikeit]

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v. 交流,传达,沟通

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protein ['prəuti:n]

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n。 蛋白质

 
counted [kaunt]

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广东快乐十分vt. 计算;认为 vi. 计数;有价值 n. 计数;计

 
fell [fel]

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动词fall的过去式
n. 兽皮
v

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clay [klei]

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n. 粘土,泥土
n. (人的)肉体

 
kidney ['kidni]

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n. 肾,腰子,类型

 
spill [spil]

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v. 溢出,洒,使 ... 流出,泄漏
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container [kən'teinə]

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n. 容器,集装箱

 
offensive [ə'fensiv]

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adj. 令人不快的,侮辱的,攻击用的
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popular ['pɔpjulə]

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adj. 流行的,大众的,通俗的,受欢迎的

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