Crocodiles Tear Up While Eating

Crocodile Tears

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • tear up: to cry a little bit; to become weepy
  • insincere: fake; not truthful
  • shed: to drop or remove something, such as a layer of skin or a tear
  • remorseful: full of guilt
  • sympathy: a feeling of sadness for another person’s loss
  • paralysis: the inability to move an area of the body

Crocodiles Tear Up While Eating

The expression “to cry crocodile tears” means to cry insincerely. Children are often shedding crocodile tears in order . The expression “crocodile tears” goes back as far as the 1400s. It comes from a that crocodiles pretend to be remorseful after killing their prey. While scientists don’t believe that crocodiles are capable of sympathy, crocodiles do tend to shed tears while eating. This is likely a response that goes along with their tendency to blow out air as they eat. Humans who suffer from a rare facial paralysis sometimes exhibit a similar response. When they taste or eat food, they start to cry.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does it mean if a mom says her son has a bad case of “crocodile tears”?
  2. What do scientists think crocodiles are incapable of?
  3. Why does the report mention facial paralysis?

Discussion Questions: How can you tell whether or not a child is truly hurt or sad or whether he’s crying crocodile tears?

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