El Talón de Aquiles
The vulnerable spot that a person has. A weakness someone who is normally strong has.
Homer, famous Greek poet, wrote the Iliad. This is the famous story concerning the Trojan War. In it, Achilles who was the greatest hero and warrior had only one weak spot: his heel. As the story goes, Achilles´mother wanted him to be an invincible warrior. In order to get this aim, she took her baby to a magic river, River Styx. Whatever part of the body that its enchanted fluids touched became invulnerable. Since Achilles´mother was holding him by the heel, this particular spot reamined uncovered and unprotected consequently. In the end of the story, Achilles got killed by a poisoned arrow that hit his heel.
- How to use it:
Student A: «Isn´t Mike the best athlete at school? Nobody can defeat him in any competition.»
Student B: «Yeah, you are right. It´s a shame that he was expelled from the college´s team by the coach because he started a fight in the dressing rooms.»
Student A: «Unfortunately, his rude behavior has always caused him trouble. No doubt that getting along with others is Mike´s Achilles´ heel!»