You’ll never guess what I got wind of!

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People love stories, especially stories with secret information in them. In this episode, we talk about expressions that people use when they telling a story, whether it’s true or possibly not. These stories might be told by a person who heard it directly from a trustworthy source or by someone who just loves to gossip! Sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. Listen to this episode if you’ve ever heard a story through the grapevine.

Maura Harp

Maura: To get wind of something means that you learned something new or heard something new and this new thing that you learned is often supposed to be a secret.
Harp: Yes. And often, the person or the source of the information is unknown or kept a secret as well.
Maura: Right. Instead of saying who you heard this information from, you just say that you got wind of it. So you don’t actually have to say where you heard this new, possibly secret, information.
Harp: Yeah. It’s like the wind told you this secret.
Maura: Right. It’s like you were just minding your own business and the wind passed by you and you just happened to hear some new information.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To come on over To get wind of something
To keep your mouth shut To mind your own business
Have I got something for you! To hear something through the grapevine
To spread like wild fire A little birdie told me
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Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Image courtesy of [Master isolated image]/

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