It is the holiday season in many parts of the world. Christmas is one of the most celebrated of those holidays. But even for those
who do not celebrate Christmas, Christmas movies have become an American tradition.
Many fun expressions come from these movies. When Americans hear these expressions, they know exactly what they mean and the movies they come from.
On today’s show, we will explore two words that come from one of the most popular Christmas stories made into a movie: “A Christmas Carol.” Writer Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character of the story.
Scrooge is one of the most famous characters in English literature. And, the English language gained two words from “A Christmas Carol.”
The first is simply the character’s name: Scrooge. Ebenezer Scrooge is mean. He is unwilling to share his money and good fortune. He hates people. And he hates Christmas.
In the English language, a scrooge – with a lowercase “s” – is a person who is unwilling to give to others. Others words with the same meaning are miserly and stingy.
Scrooges are selfish, and not just at Christmas time or the holidays. Here is an example sentence:
“Her father is such a scrooge. He will not pay for her college tuition even though he has tons of money!”
That father is a first-rate scrooge!
各种即将来临，Don’t be a scrooge!