Bingo cards were first used in German schools in the 1800s as an educational tool to teach students spelling, animal names, and multiplication tables. Today in many classrooms around the world bingo is still used as an instructional tool. The numbers can be replaced with unsolved math problems, pictures or vocabulary for teaching both English as a second language and English as a foreign language – B-I-N-G-O
Hello and welcome to episode 62…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… given half a chance
In ancient Egypt, charms were used for identification and as symbols of faith and luck. Charm bracelets are a form of jewelry worn around the wrist. The charms symbolize important things in the wearer’s life. Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelet in 1889.
Lucky Charms is a brand of breakfast cereal that was created in 1964. The cereal was marketed around the idea of charm bracelets. The mascot of Lucky Charms is Lucky Leprechaun, and the marshmallows represent Lucky’s magical charms. Lucky Charms was the first cereal to include marshmallows. ~You’ll Never Get Me Lucky Charms!
Hello and welcome to episode 60…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… work like a charm
Charm is a woman’s strength just as strength is a man’s charm ~Havelock Ellis
work like a charm… if you say that something works like a charm, you mean that it is very effective or successful …something that gets good results
These cleaning products are effective and get good results.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… work like a charm
These cleaning products work like a charm.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … work like a charm
This new stain remover you bought works like a charm.
That new anti-virus software that your cousin suggested, it worked like a charm.
After a trip to the mechanic, my car works like a charm.
an alternative to work like a charm is… run like a charm
After a trip to the mechanic, my car runs like a charm.
charm is used as a noun in the idiom …work like a charm
a charm is something that is believed to have magical powers
He keeps a four-leaf clover in his wallet as a good luck charm.
What brand names do you buy, that you would never change?
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Thank you for listening and tomorrow’s idiom is… be in luck