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The Big Smoke

Mudik..mudikk..asiikk…

Buat temen2 yang merayakan lebaran, mudik pulang kampung adalah tradisi yang ditunggu-tunggu. Apalagi buat yang sekolah/kuliah atau kerjanya jaauuhhh dari keluarga. Pasti tidak akan melewatkan saat-saat liburan lebaran ini. Ada idioms yang berkaitan dengan kampung halaman lo.. wah, penasaran? simak ya sampai akhir note ^_^

1. ‘the big smoke’

We often use this idioms to describe a big city. A long time ago county people started calling cities ‘the big smoke’ because of all the smoke made by the factories – pollution, in other words. (Kita sering menggunakan idioms ini untuk mendeskripsikan kota besar. Dahulu, orang desa menyebut kota “the big smoke” karena asap-asap yang dihasilkan oleh pabrik, dengan kata lain – polusi.)

Example:

‘My brother’s gone to the big smoke to look for work. In the city there might be some work for him in one of those big factories?’

2. ‘one horse town’

This old idiom was often used to describe a very small town many, many years ago  when horses were used instead of cars. These towns were very quiet and not much happened in those town at all. In fact they  were so small that there was only one horse there. (idiom lama ini seringkali digunakan untuk mendeskripsikan sebuah kota kecil, dahuuuluu kala ketika alat transportasi yang digunakan adalah kuda. Kota-kota seperti ini sangat sunyi dan tak banyak yang terjadi di kota-kota ini. Kota-kota ini sangat kecil sehingga hanya ada satu kuda disana.

This idiom is still used today. It is the opposite to the big smoke, that’s for sure!

Example:

“‘I grew up in a one horse town. There was only with only one shop. Nothing much happened there in that town. It was very quiet day and night’.

Now let’s recap on these two easy idioms to use–

big smoke – kota besar

one horse town – kota kecil

Ok, semoga bermanfaat buat teman-teman semua. Selamat mudik😀

Source: www.kangguru.org


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