2017年7月15日土曜日

Hot or Spicy

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 When English-Speaking people talk

about "hot" food, are they saying

the food is spicy like curry, or are they

talking about its temperature, as in hot

"coffee"? These two different meanings

of "hot" may seem confusing to Japanese

students, but as a matter of fact, the word

is the right one for describing the way the

body responds to spice and heat. A simple

explanation would go something like this:

when we eat or drink, the same nervous

in the mouth react both to spicy chemicals

in the food and to a rise in temperature.

The English expression, therefore, reflects

the fact about human body.

Buttons on clothes

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  Western clothes have buttons right

for men. This is convenient because

the majority of men are right-handed.

It's easier for them to use the right hand

when buttoning up. Why, then, do women's

clothes have buttons on the left, even

though most women are also right-handed?

Is this a kind of discrimination? In fact,

there is a reason why women's buttons

are on that side. In the past, buttons were

quite expensive and only very rich people

could afford them. Women in such wealthy

families had servants who dressed them.

Therefore, to make it easier for the servants,

buttons were put on the left.