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  • Hi. I'm Rebecca from engVid.

  • In many ways, English is a sexist language because it reflects the society around it.

  • And so, we have a number of expressions and idioms in English which are actually quite sexist and refer to men, and we're going to look at six of them today.

  • What you should be aware of, though, is that today, we do use a lot of these idioms to refer to women also when we can,

  • but most of the time, you'll probably hear these idioms being used to refer to men still.

  • Okay? So, let's have a look at what they are.

  • All right, the first one: "The Buddhist monk was a man of few words."

  • So what do you think it means when I say: "a man of few words"?

  • It means someone who is quiet, someone who doesn't say very much.

  • This is one of those that you could change to also use for women. Okay?

  • All right, the next one we cannot use for women. Let's see what it is.

  • "James Bond is a ladies' man." What do you think that means?

  • So the idiom: "a ladies' man", refers to a man who is popular with women, who likes to go out with women. He likes women and women like him.

  • All right? That's a ladies' man.

  • Next one: "My father is a man of his word." So, what do you think: "a man of his word" means?

  • Here, we could say: "a woman of her word", we can change it. But the original idiom was: "a man of his word".

  • So: "a man of his word" means someone who keeps his promise,

  • someone who does what they say they're going to do. Okay?

  • Next one: "Our new Prime Minster is a man of the people." Do you have any idea what that might mean?

  • Okay? So: "a man of the people" means someone who understands and expresses the ideas, and opinions, and views of the ordinary people in a country.

  • All right?

  • Next: "My cousin is a confirmed bachelor."

  • This is a slightly oldish expression, slightly British expression as well, but it's still used sometimes.

  • "A confirmed bachelor" is someone who is single and he wants to stay that way; he doesn't want to get married at all.

  • So we refer to that kind of a person as a confirmed bachelor. All right?

  • And the last one is: "The winner of the race was the man of the hour." Any idea what you think that might mean?

  • Okay? So, somebody's just won a race, he's done something that has attracted attention.

  • He has some kind of achievement, and so he has a lot of attention.

  • So: "the man of the hour" is someone that people are paying a lot of attention to and who people may admire

  • because he has done something worthy of attention-okay?-and admiration.

  • He's getting a lot of attention.

  • So, again, aside from: "a confirmed bachelor" and "a ladies' man", you could adapt the other ones to use them to refer to women,

  • but be aware that they're usually used... Seen the other way. Okay?

  • Let's review a little bit and see if you've understood these.

  • So, if I want to refer to someone who keeps their promises, which idiom could I use? Which one?

  • This is: "a man of his word", or: "a woman of her word."

  • Okay. If I want to refer to someone who is quiet, doesn't talk very much, what's that?

  • Which one? This is: "a man of few words". Good.

  • What about someone who is very popular because he's recently had a very important achievement?

  • What do we say for that? This is: "the man of the hour".

  • Now, please note that all of the other ones start with "a".

  • "A man", "a ladies' man", "a man of his word", "a man of the people", "a confirmed bachelor".

  • But this one starts with "the", "the man of the hour" because it's a specific...

  • You're drawing attention to that specific person. Okay?

  • And what about someone who is very popular with women and he likes women?

  • That's "a ladies' man".

  • And the person who doesn't want to get married ever, this is? "A confirmed bachelor".

  • Okay, so you've learned some expressions that we have, some idioms that have to do with men and use...

  • Feel free to use some of them with women too, so we can change the language, which we should do.

  • So, if you'd like to practice this, please go to our website:

  • and you can do a quiz on this and many other topics in English. All right?

  • Bye for now, and good luck with your English.

Hi. I'm Rebecca from engVid.


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英語を学ぶ: 人についての6つのイディオム (Learn English: 6 Idioms about People)

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