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    Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. -Albert Einstein


    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you go. - Dr. Seuss

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    Research means that you don't know, but are willing to find out.-Charles F. Kettering

Jobs for teenagers

There are many advantages to getting a job as a teenager. The most obvious one is that the cash you will have will fund your social life and the extra luxuries that you could not previously afford.
Having a job also allows teenagers to meet new people of their age and make a new set of friends outside school. Any job you have will be a great adds to your resume because it will show your commitment, reliability for your future employers. Finally it will also stop your parents from nagging you about getting off the couch or the computer and you don't have to always ask mum and dad for handouts.
The biggest problem that most most teenagers face is finding the right job and trying to decide what you really want to do. For those teenagers who never had a real job and who are still in their early teens their target is to actually get cash on hands, but how do you get those jobs that pay cash. There are many simple jobs out there that provide cash in hand in exchange for your completing a set task.
Chores around the house - Some parents are wiling to pay their kids if they do some of the house chores. Some of these jobs can include, ironing, washing and vacuuming the car, mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool or even cooking.
Baby Sitting is one of the oldest jobs around, it involves responsibility of taking care of another person's children in exchange for a fee. It is not a hard work, when you baby sit for a night you often get to squeeze some quality TV watching, and you are always paid in cash and it is always convenient, it means you can say no if you have other commitment, like a party on the weekend or a 1000 word assignment. This job have a lot of responsibility because you are totally responsible for the child/children you are looking after. It is not a high paying job, usually it is often low especially if you are looking after the children of your favorite aunt or uncle.
Tutoring -This may be for older teenagers, this will give you a chance to take advantage of your special skills, you can provide your services at a cost to the customer, especially if you have a special talent like playing an instrument like keyboard, guitar or flute. It could also be a sport or a school subject and offer your services to primary kids who may need your service.
Jobs around the neighborhood - There are lot of jobs that you can consider like paper deliver, washing dogs, raking leaves, most of these jobs can be found in the local newspaper or you can do a letterbox drops in your area or place an ad in you local church newsletter.
As a teenager you really can not be picky in your job, but for many enjoying what you do and having fun on the job and the experience is more important than the amount of money you are paid.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue sea

When someone is in a situation from which he cannot save himself we say that he's "between the devil and the deep blue sea."
It was one Colonel Munro who coined this phrase while serving for Sweden against Austria in the Thirty Years' war.
At one point in the advance Colonel Munro, because the Swedes had not given their cannon sufficient elevation, found his troops moving toward the Austrians in the direct line of fire of their own battery divisions to the rear.
He quickly dispatched a messenger to the commanding Swedish battery officer with the note: "Raise your cannons, we are between the devil and the deep blue sea." The cannons were raised and the battle was won.
Ever since, between the devil and the deep blue sea has been a handy phrase used to by people when caught on the horns of a dilemma.
Reference: Korach, Myron, Common phrases and where they come from, The Lyons Press, Connecticut, 2002.


When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

One of the first great men in history to recognize the social value of majority rule was the famous churchman St. Augustine.
When St Augustine dispatched St Ambrose from Milan to Rome. Ambrose was puzzled about the proper day on which to fast, for, in Rome, it was then the custom to fast on Saturday. He asked St Augustine which fast day to observe. The learned Augustine remarked, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." because these words of St Augustine were both wise and practical they have become one of the world's noblest maxims.



Idioms dress up and give spice to our writings and the way we talk. But few realize that most idioms has its own unique origin. 

The first recorded data concerning the phenomenon of the "honeymoon' is found among the early writings of the Northern European countries. newly married couples were required - actually compelled - to drink from one full moon to the next full moon (about 30 days), a wine derived from fermented honey and water and called metheglin.
It was believed that a thirty day diet of metheglin furnished newlyweds with sufficient sweetness to carry out their marriage vows forever. Some of the newlyweds took their metheglin intake so seriously that they perished from it.
That was the fate of Attila, the great warrior, who imbibed so much honey at his wedding feast that he drank himself to death.


Making Ends Meet

This phrase is often associated with an inability to stay afloat financially. Who would have thought that a phrase that now applies to the continual economic struggles of common folks would evolved from the ordeal connected with obtaining the funds necessary to dress as well-heeled lady properly?
To be dressed properly during the 18th and 19th centuries often required assistance in pulling together the two ends of the lady's corset and then bucking it when both ends met. Her dress would not hand properly unless a helper, had hooked together numerous latchets and hooks and eyes, all of which required tedious and cautious pulling to "make the ends meet."
Even a lady's shoes and galoshes of yesteryears were equipped with leather thongs, the ends of which had to be brought together before they could be buckled. from all this strenuous effort of pulling corsets, dresses and shoes together came the phrase "making ends meet."
At first the expression referred simply to the physical ordeal accompanying a lady getting dressed up. As the cost of her ensemble increased and the difficulty in putting it together diminished, "making end meet" came to refer to the financial ordeal connected with gathering the funds necessary to dress a lady properly.


Raining cats and dogs

Whenever there's a heavy rain pour, the common phrase we all use is "it is raining cats and dogs". Little did we know that we're talking a page out of ancient northern mythology.
In the myths of the Teutons, an ancient people of either Germanic or Celtic origin who occupied Jutland around 100 B.C. the wind was envisioned as a huge dog that served as chief attendant to Odin, the Norse god of wisdom and war who was responsible for the cosmos. The Teutons believed that when it rained very hard, Odin's dog (in the form of the wind) was chasing a cat (which took the form of the rain). When it poured then Odin was dropping " cats and dogs" from the sky.
Though science has proved that it is wrong, but when we're drenched with rain we still revert to the ancient Teutons and mutter , "It is raining cats and dogs."


To eat humble pie

No one likes “to eat humble pie”. The phrase goes back to the early days of a very class-conscious society, though it actually does not mean what it appears to say. There was no humility in that pie.  Usually the uneducated are said  to drop their letter ‘h’s’ when pronouncing words.  But the case of the humble pie is a telling example in which the letter ‘h’ was added out of ignorance. 

‘Umbles’ was once a common description of offal: the heart, the liver, and the stomach of an animal.  As umbles were not credited with much culinary merit, they were reserved to feed servants and the poor and made into a pie for them.  Very appropriately and logically, this was known as umbles’ pie.

When umbles became an obsolete term and people no longer knew what it meant , they began to speak of ’eating humble pie’, which has now become an expression relating to humility.  Yet in the way of speaking, it still contains left-overs from those early offal days.    


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