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    birds and bees

    Hello.

    I have read news and I have found a strange sentence: The Chancellor and her colleagues don't need a lesson in the birds and the bees of statecraft, but they must appease the cries of domestic anti-American outrage.

    What does "a leeson in the birds and the bees of statecraft" means?

    Review & Outlook: Birds, Bees and NSA Spies - WSJ.com

    Boris.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: birds and bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    I have read news and I have found a strange sentence: The Chancellor and her colleagues don't need a lesson in the birds and the bees of statecraft, but they must appease the cries of domestic anti-American outrage.

    What does "a leeson in the birds and the bees of statecraft" means?

    Review & Outlook: Birds, Bees and NSA Spies - WSJ.com

    Boris.
    The "birds and the bees" is the talk that parents have with children about sex. In this use, it means "the fundamentals" or "the basics".

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    Re: birds and bees

    Is it used this way in AmE (fundamentals/basics)? It sounds odd to me.
    Last edited by Tdol; 28-Oct-2013 at 15:47.

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    Re: birds and bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is it used this way in AmE (fundamentals/basics)? It sounds odd to me.
    I've never seen it used that way. But I assumed it did not mean "sex".

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