***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I may be wrong, but I think that there may be a (little?) difference between
"prick up one's ears" and "I'm all ears."
(a) Tom: Can I tell you about my trip to Moscow?
Sue (who puts down the newspaper that she was reading): Go ahead. I'm all ears.
(= I shall give you 100% attention)
(2) According to my (good) dictionary, "prick up one's ears" = to suddenly
become attentive. Let's say that Tony was not paying attention to the
professor's usual boring lecture. But Tony pricked up his ears when he heard the
professor say the words "pretty girls."
(3) Another minor point that you may already know about. If you do not, I think that
it may interest you, for you are certainly a conscientious student of English
The noun "p - - - - " is a vulgar word for a certain part of the male anatomy. Thus, if
you innocently say "prick up your ears," some Americans may start to giggle. There
are other perfectly good words that we are afraid to use today because of changing
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