Feature Word: Pandora’s Box

Definition:

a prolific source of troubles

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According to Greek mythology, the problems brought by Pandora’s box started with Prometheus. He was a Titan, one of the first Greek gods. He stole the secret of fire from his fellow gods and shared it with mortal humans. To punish humans, the gods then created Pandora. Each god gave her a gift to make her appealing (her name comes from a Greek word meaning ‘all gifted’ or ‘all giving’). Then they sent her to the mortals with a jar full of evils. Pandora’s curiosity prompted her to open the box, and all those ills escaped to plague humanity.

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Bite the Dust

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Definition:

To die or suffer a severe setback.

Description:

Homer Iliad: ‘May his fellow warriors fall round him to the earth and bite the dust.’

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Charisma

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Definition:

a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others

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Charisma is a religous term originating in ancient Greece. It means ‘of the gods’, ‘of the spirit’. According to the ancient Greeks, a person with charisma had ‘the spirit of the gods’ flowing through them and this was what gave them that special, magical, charismatic quality.

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