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Vocabulary: gems and silver
In Richard II, (Act II, Scene 1) through John of Gaunt's words, Shakespeare qualified England as:
« This precious stone set in the silver sea »
This quote came back to my mind and gave me the idea of writing to you about precious stones and silver!
A lot of vocabulary and expressions (idioms), are linked to these words! Some of them are concrete, others are much more abstract or figurative.
I) Precious stones (gems) as a whole, then a few precise ones:
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| Gems= precious stones|| the Gem State = Idaho |
You're a real gem!
= You're really extraordinary!
Abstract meanings of "precious stones" (gems), are often expressed very differently in French...
|Listen to this gem!|
= Listen to this funny mistake!
This painting is the gem
of the exhibition!
= This painting is the masterpiece
of the exhibition.
You have a gem
of a husband!
| = Your husband is extraordinary!|| An architectural gem |
= An architectural treasure.
THE KING OF GEMS = A DIAMOND
"Diamonds are forever" = eternal!
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= uncut diamonds
A diamond necklace
Ace of diamonds
A diamond lane
= a reserved lane
= 60 years of marriage.
= 60 years of reign/ marriage
He's a diamond in the rough= though he has qualities, he looks and is still a bit uncouth.
2) Emeralds, sapphires and rubis...
| An emerald|| A sapphire|| A ruby|
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= the colour of an emerald
= the colour of a sapphire
| The Emerald Isle= Ireland|
A Sapphire sky
= a sky as blue as a sapphire
a Ruby wedding (40 years)
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth
A silver bullet = a miracle solution.
... brought on a silver platter...
The silver = silverware
To be silver-tongued
Speech is silver but silence is gold !
The silver screen
Every cloud has a silver lining * ...
A Silver wedding anniversary = 25 years
* = There's always something positive behind an ordeal... At times, finding "the silver" is not easy... but if we try, and try again, we'll manage! When you have found it, then, try your luck with the test!
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