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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Proverbs 75. The name of the proverb

  • today is ' The straw that broke the camel's back. " Okay this is actually

  • pretty common one. All right. Let's take a look at the note here. This proverb

  • refers to the last thing in a series of negative things that causes a breakdown

  • in a system or someone to lose one's patience or simply to be a breaking

  • causes, a breaking point that causes something to fail. So it's not

  • usually just one thing it was usually a number of things that we're building up

  • over time. Just like the idea of you know, if you pack too much stuff on the

  • camel's back is obviously it's not the first thing or the second thing or the

  • third thing you put on it, but there comes a point that if you just continue

  • and continue and continue, eventually the camel's back will break or he will

  • collapse. The whole thing will fall apart. So let's continue here. They say this

  • proverb does come from an Arab proverb about overloading a camel's back

  • beyond its capacity. So that's what they the original idea did come from. All

  • right. Again. Let's continue the form of this proverb close to our modern-day use

  • can be first found in a Charles Dickens novel "Dombey and Son. " Remember Charles

  • Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' , he's famous for many, many famous novels. The original

  • wording in the Dickens novel was 'as the last straw breaks the laden camel's

  • back. 'Yeah. Laden always means that you know, you have a lot of stuff that's weighing

  • down. That's really heavy , you know by putting a lot of things on top of

  • something. We always say something is laden with it. It's filled with it and

  • it's weighing down. The Laden camel's back. It's also formed into another

  • phrase in which someone can say something is the last straw. And that one's

  • pretty common too. So well that's the last straw I'm quitting or something

  • like that. It means the last thing there's been a lot of things been building up to

  • this point and that's it. That's the end. All right. So

  • let's continue and let's give one good example here. Jack was already on

  • the bad side of the boss due to his poor performance and laziness for many months.

  • Yes. It was probably quite a number of things that was building up that the

  • boss was annoying the boss about, about Jack you know. So was it again that just

  • wasn't one thing. It was like 10 things or 15 things. Today when he arrived at an

  • important meeting 30 minutes late the boss said that was the last straw.

  • That's it. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. He fired him on the

  • spot. Yeah. Now normally you know if somebody's just late once for a meeting

  • they probably won't be fired just for that. So that's why very often the thing

  • that breaks the camel's back or the thing that's the last straw is not

  • always the worst thing or the most serious thing but it's usually been

  • building for a long time and somebody again somebody just lost their patience

  • or that was the thing that finally made something foul or collapse. Then we say

  • that thing is the thing that broke the camel's back or that thing is the last

  • straw. Okay anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it's clear. Thank you for your time . Bye-

  • bye.

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