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母の日の由来と"mother"が使われる慣用句

2016.05.09

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Where does Mother's Day come from?


The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  She campaigned to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.  

Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed that they were "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world".  Even though Anna Jarvis eventually became resentful of the commercialization of the holiday, her original desire to honor her mother was a noble one. 

That’s why, this week’s blog will celebrate those wonderful women who gave birth to us and took care of us all those years!  We will start by looking at “Mother Idioms” and phrases.



Take a look at the following Mother Idioms and phrases along with their meanings.

learn (something) at your mother's knee

to learn something when you were a child.

expectant mother

a pregnant woman.

experience is the mother of wisdom

this idiom is used to mean that people learn from what happens to them.

face (that) only a mother could love

a very ugly face.

like mother, like daughter

This is a proverb which means that daughters resemble their mothers.

necessity is the mother of invention

This proverb means that when people really need to do something, they will find a way to do it.

the mother of all

an extreme example which is the biggest, most impressive, or most important of its kind.

 

Your Turn

 

Now try to fill in the missing idioms from the list above. You can check your answers with the key at the bottom of the page.

 
1.     When her pen had run out of ink, she used her lipstick to write a short note to her husband who was at work.  I guess it’s true, _________________________

2.     You will never understand the love parents have for their children until you get your own children. Experience is really _____________________.

3.     There are many good tips about pregnancy for ______________ in this little book.

4.      Look at that poor ugly girl. That's a ____________________________.

5.      Thomas Edison failed many time before creating a working light bulb.  Failure is ___________ success.

6.       _______________________. Liza's mother is mad about chocolate, just like her.

7.      She learned to sing when she was a child _______________.







Answer Key

1. When her pen had run out of ink, she used her lipstick to write a short note to her husband who was at work.  I guess it’s true, necessity is the mother of invention.

2. You will never understand the love parents have for their children until you get your own children. Experience is really the mother of wisdom.

3. There are many good tips about pregnancy for expectant mothers in this little book.

4. Look at that poor ugly girl. That's a face that only a mother could love.

5. Thomas Edison failed many time before creating a working light bulb.  Failure is the mother of all success.

6. Like mother, like daughter. Liza's mother is mad about chocolate, just like her.

7. She learned to sing when she was a child at her mother's knee.

 

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