And now Phrases and Their Tales from VOA Studying English.
On this program, we discover phrases and expressions within the English language.
As we speak we speak in regards to the pursuit of perfection. Or at the very least the issues we do to attempt to make issues appear good.
For those who paint one thing with a brush, it typically leaves brush marks. Once you paint with a curler, you would possibly nonetheless have strains left behind by the curler.
Some take into account this a flaw (one thing unhealthy you that you don’t need) within the paint job. So, individuals got here up with a course of to cowl issues up with an ideal layer of paint known as “airbrush.”
The Airbrush Museum says in 1876, F.E. Stanley created a tool that would spray watercolor and ink. Three years later Abner Peeler got here up with a paint distributor that was later bought as an “airbrush.”
Nevertheless, this will likely haven’t been the primary try at airbrushing. Some archeologists declare that early cavepeople, Neanderthals, used the method to airbrush a few of their work by blowing paints by means of hole bones.
Again within the modern-day, we additionally use airbrush as a verb to explain portray or altering one thing to cowl imperfections with or as if with an airbrush.
For instance, let’s say some vandals painted offensive phrases on the aspect of your home. If you don’t want to see the phrases ever once more, you airbrush over the phrases to cowl them fully.
Right here is one other instance: For those who apply magnificence merchandise, or make-up, in your face, you may airbrush nearly any mark in your pores and skin.
In some publications, employees typically use software program known as Photoshop to alter a picture. They may use it to airbrush all the issues in a picture and even take away items of the picture fully. The time period photoshop has since taken on the identical which means as airbrush.
There may be one other method we use the time period airbrush.
If somebody is accused of airbrushing historical past, they’re being accused of fixing one thing unhealthy previously as if it didn’t occur.
Now, let’s hear these two pals use the time period “airbrush.”
A: Hey let’s meet for espresso tomorrow!
B: Certain! How about Hal’s that new espresso store down the road? I hear the espresso is actually good.
A: Umm, let’s go some place else. I don’t just like the proprietor.
B: Why? What’s incorrect with Hal?
A: Don’t you bear in mind? He ran for workplace two years in the past. And in the course of the marketing campaign, some actually unhealthy stuff got here out about him.
B: Actually? I don’t keep in mind that.
A: That’s as a result of he airbrushed all of it from historical past. Eliminated. Gone. It’s prefer it all by no means occurred.
B: Effectively, individuals cowl up unhealthy issues from their previous on a regular basis. Apart from … he makes actually good espresso.
A: I’ll discover one other espresso store!
And that’s on a regular basis we’ve got for this Phrases and Their Tales. Till subsequent time, I’m Anna Matteo.
Anna Matteo wrote this story for VOA Studying English.
Phrases in This Story
flaw – n. a small fault or weak point
hole – adj. having an area inside : not strong
spray – v. to scatter or let fall in a advantageous mist
distributor – n. an individual or firm that provides shops or companies with items
vandal – n. one who willfully or ignorantly destroys, damages, or defaces property belonging to a different or to the general public
apply – v. to place to make use of particularly for some sensible goal