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Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is "Hobson's choice". It often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all.

The Hobson in the expression was Thomas Hobson. Mr. Hobson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge England. Mr. Hobson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses. So he had a rule that prevented the students from renting his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. Thus, a Hobsan's choice was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is "between a rock and a hard place". It is often used to describe a difficult situation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late, but you have a plan to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are ? between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression "between the devil and the deep blue sea" also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. Its meaning things clear. You can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the waterline of a ship. If the seams were crack betweent the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix it. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship, working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices - Being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices. When your dilemma has horns, a choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a dilemma, no matter which horns you choose, something bad will happen.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. Morris Joys was the narrator . I'm Shirley Griffith.
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Making choicese is nessery but not always easy. Many of our expessions tell about

this diffculty. One of these expressions is habsen's choices. It often is used to

discribe a difficult choice.
But that is not what it really means ,its real meaning is to have no choice at

all. The habsen in the expression was Thomas Habsen. Mr Habsen owned a stable of

horses in Combridge England. Mr Harbsen often rented his horses to the students

in Combridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of

the horses. So he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best

horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door or they could

not take any horse at all. Thus a habsen's choice was really no choice.
Another expression for having no real choice is between a rock and a hard place.

It is often used to discribe a diffcult situation with few choices ,one of them

good. For example ,your boss may ask you work late ,but you have a plan to a

movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse the work your boss will angry ,but if

you do not go to the movie with your girlfriend she gets angry . So what do you

do? You are caught between a rock and a hard place.
Another expression between the devil and deep blue sea also give you a choice

between two equally dangous thing. Its meaning seems clear ,you can chose the

devil and his burning fires hell or you can choose drown in the sea. Some word

experts see the expession comes from days of wooden ships. The devil is a word

from seam between the two pieces of wood seam along the water line of the ship.

If the seam or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor

must fix it. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangous situation.

He was hanging over the side of the ship working between the devil and deep

blue sea. There is still another expression that discribe situation with only bad

choices. Being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a

situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices.

When your dilemma has horns you a choice become possible. When you are on a horns

of a dillema ,no matter which horns you choose somthing bad will happen.
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Now the VOA Special English program ,words and their stories.
Making choices is necessary but not always easy.Many of our expressions tell us about this difficulty.

One of these expressions is "Hapson's choice".It often is used to describe a difficult choice.But that is not what that really means.Its real meaning is to have no choice at all.The Hapson in the "Hapson's choice" is Thomas Hapson.Mr.Hapson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge,England.Mr.Hapson often rented horses to the students in Cambridge university.But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses.So he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses.They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door or they could not take any a horse at all.Thus,a "Hapson's choice" was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is "between a rock and a hard place".It is often used to describe a diffciult situation with few choices,none of them good.For example,your boss may ask you to work late but you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend.If you refuse to work,your boss gets angry.But if you don't go to movie with your girlfriend ,she gets angry.So what do you do? You are caught between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression,"between the devil and the deep blue sea",also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things.Its meaning seems clear.You can choose the devil and his burning fires in hell or you can choose to drown in a sea.Some word experts say the expression comes from the day of witneyships.The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship.If the seam or crack between two pieces of word bagans to leak,then the solider must fix it.The solider ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation.He was hanging over the side of the ship,working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There still another expression that describe a situation with only bad choices,on a horns of a dilemma.A dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decription about two equally balanced choices.When your dilemma has horns,a choice becomes impossible.When you are on a horn of a dilemma,no matter which horns you choose,something bad will happen.
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Now the VOA special English program Words and their stories.

Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is "Hobson's choice". It often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The "Hobson" in the expression was Tomas Hobson. Mr. Hobson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge England. Mr. Hobson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses. So he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. These are Hobson's choice, was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is "between Iraq and a hard place". It is often used to describe a difficult situation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late, but you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are caught between Iraq and a hard place.

Another expression "between the devil and deep blue see" also give you a choice between too equally dangerous things. Its meaning seems clear. You can choose the devil, and his burning fires you hair. Or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a theme between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship. If the theme or crack between the two pieces of wood against to leak, then a sailor must fix it. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship, working between the devil and deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices, being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about too equally balanced choices. When your dilemma has horns, the choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a dilemma, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.

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Now the VOA special English program words and their stories.
Making choices is necessary but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is “Hobson’s choice”. It often is used to describe a difficult choice, but that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hobson in the expression was Tomous Hupson. Mr. Hobson own a stable of horses in Cambridge England. Mr. Hobson often rent his horses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses, so he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door or they could not take any horse at all. Thus a Hobson choice was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is between a rock and a hard place. It is often used to describe a difficult situation with few choices. None of them good, for example, your boss may ask you to work late but you have a plan to go to a movie with your girl friend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movie with your girl friend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are caught between the rock and a hard place.

Another expression between the devil and the deep blue sea also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. It’s meaning seems clear: you can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell, or you can chose to drown at the sea. Some word experts say this expression comes from the days of wooden ship. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship. If the seam or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak then a sailor must face it. The sailor order to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was handling over the side of the ship working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balance choices. When you are dilemma as horns the choice become impossible. When you are on the horns of the dilemma, no matter which horn you choose something bad will happen.
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Now the VOA special english program words and their stories.

Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expansions is habson's choice, it often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means.Its real meaning is to have no choice at all, the habson in the expressions was Thomas habison, Mr. habson own a stable of hourses in cambridge England. Mr.habson often rented hourses to the students at cambridge university. but he did not really trust them to take good care the hourses. so he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best hourses, they could take the hours that was nearest stable door, or they could not take any hourse at all. thus a hubson's choice was really not choice.


Another expression were having not real choice is between a rock and a hard place. it is often used to describe difficult situation with few choices. None of them good. for example your boss may ask you to work late, but you have plan to go to movie with your girlfriend. if you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. if you do not go to the movie with your girlfriend, she gets angry. so what do you do? you are caught between a rock and a hard place.


Another expressions between a devil and the deep bule sea, also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. Its meaning seems clear, you can choose the devil, and his burning fires of hell. or you can choose to drown in the sea. some word experts say the expression comes from the days of the wodden ships. the devil is a word for scene between two pieces wood along the watherline of a ship. If the scene or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak ,then the sailor must to fix it, the sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship, working between devil and the deep bule sea.

There is still another expression that descrbes a situation with only bed choices. Being on the horn of dilemma, the dictoinary says, the dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balance choices,when your dilemma has horns, the choice becomes impossible, when you are on the horns of dilemma. no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.

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Making choices is necessary but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expression is XX’s choice. It often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what really means. Its real meaning is that you have no choice at all.
The XX is the expression was Thomas XX. Mr. XX owed a stable of houses in Cambridge England. Mr. XX often rented the houses to the student in the Cambridge University. But he didn’t trust them to take good of the houses. So he had a rule to prevented the students from riding the best house. They can take the house that is nearest the stable door or they can’t take any house at all. Thus . a XX’s choice was really no choice.
Another expression were really having no choice is between a rock and a hard place. It is often to describe a difficult situation with few choice no of them good. For example, your boss ask you to work late, but you have plan to watch a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to word, your boss gets angry, but if you do not go to the movie with your girlfriend ,she gets angry. So what do you do. You are caught between a rock and a hard place.
Another expression between the devil and deep blue sea also give you choice equally dangerous thing. Its meaning seems clearly, you can choose the devil and has burning fires hell, or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts said the expression come from the wood ships. The devil is a word for a scene between two pieces of wood along the waterline of a ship. If the scene will crake between the two pieces of wood begins to leak then a sailor must fix it. The sailor is ordered to make the repair is in a danger situation. He is hanging over one side of the ship and working between the devil and the deep blue sea.
There is still another expression that describe the situation with only bad choices. Being on a horns on a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you have to make a choice between two equally balanced choices. When your dilemma has horns the choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns on a dilemma ,no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.
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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and their stories.
Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is Hobson’s choice, it often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is what it really means, it really mean it's to have no choice at all. The Hobson in the expression was Thomas Hobson. Mr. Hobson owned a stable of courses in Cambridge England. Mr. Hobson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge university. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses. So he had a room that prevented students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. Thus are Hobson choice which really no choice.
Another expression for having no real choice is between a rock and a hard place. It is often used to describe a difficult situation, with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late, but you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refused to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are caught between a rock and a hard place.
Another expression "Between the devil and the deep blue sea" also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. Its meaning seems clear, you can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some of the word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship. If the seam or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix them. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging all of the side of the ship working between the devil and the deep blue sea.
There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices. Being on the horns of a dilemma. A dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices. When your dilemma has a horns the choice becomes impossible, when you are on the hones of dilemma, no matter which hone you choose, something bad will happen.
This VOA Special English program Words and their stories was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano,Morris Joys was the narrator. I'm Shirley Griffith.


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Now, the VOA special English Program Words and Their Stories.

Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty.

One of these expressions is Hubson's choice. It often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hubson in the expression was Tomas Hubson. Mr. Hubson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge, England. Mr. Hubson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses. So he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. Thus, a Hubson's choice was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is between a rock and a hard place. It is often used to describe a difficult situdation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late. But you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You're caught between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression between the devil and the deep blue sea also gives you a choice between two equally dangerous things. Its meaning seems clear. You can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell. Or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship. If the seam or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix it. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship, working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices, being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a desion about two equally balanced choices. When your dilemma has horns, a choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a dilemma, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.
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Making choices is necessary but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is Hubson's choice. It often is to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hobson in this expression was Tomas Hobson. Mr Hobson owned a stable of horses in Cambrige England. Mr Hubson often rented horses to the students at cambrige university. But he did not really trust to take good care of the horses. So he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the Stabled all. Or, they could not take any horse at all. Thus, a Hubson's choice was really no choice.

And another expression for having no real choice is "between a rock and hard place". It is often used to decribe a difficult situation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late. But you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend. You refuse to work. Your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfiend. She gets angry. So what do you do. You are caught between the rock and a hard place.

Anothere experssion "between the devil and the deep blue sea" also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. It's meaning things clear.(Its meaning seems clear) You can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell, or you can choose to drawn in the sea, somewhere expercts say this experssion comes from the days deaths of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a scene between two pieces of wood along the water line of the ship. If the scence or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to lick, leak then a sailor must to fix it. The sailor's order to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the site of the ship working between the devil and deep blue sea.

There is still another experssion that decribes a situation with only bad choices-- " Being on the horns of d* " . The dei says a d* is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equaly balanced choices. When your d* has horns, the choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a d*, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Ma* Christana. Morris Joys was the nary here. I'm Sh* Griffic.
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Now, the VOA special English Program Words and Their Stories.

Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty.

One of these expressions is Hubson's choice. It often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hubson in the expression was Tomas Hubson. Mr. Hubson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge, England. Mr. Hubson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses. So he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. Thus, a Hubson's choice was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is between a rock and a hard place. It is often used to describe a difficult situdation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late. But you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You're caught between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression between the devil and the deep blue sea also gives you a choice between two equally dangerous things. Its meaning seems clear. You can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell. Or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship. If the seam or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix it. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship, working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices, being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices. When your dilemma has horns, a choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a dilemma, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.
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Now the VOA special English program words and their stories.
Making choices is necessary but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is “Hobson’s choice”. It often is used to describe a difficult choice, but that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hobson in the expression was Tomous Hupson. Mr. Hobson own a stable of horses in Cambridge England. Mr. Hobson often rent his horses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses, so he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door or they could not take any horse at all. Thus a Hobson choice was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is between a rock and a hard place. It is often used to describe a difficult situation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late but you have plans to go to a movie with your girl friend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girl friend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are caught between the rock and a hard place.

Another expression between the devil and the deep blue sea also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. It’s meaning seems clear: you can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell, or you can chose to drown at the sea. Some word experts say this expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship. If the seam or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak then a sailor must face it. The sailor order to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices. When you are dilemma as horns the choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a dilemma, no matter which horn you choose something bad will happen.
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Making choices is necessary but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is Hubson's choice. It often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hubson in this expression was Tomas Hubson. Mr.Hubson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge England. Mr. Hubson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses. So he had a rule that prevented students to riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door or they could not take any horse at all. Thus the Hubson's choice was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is "between a rock and a hard place". It is often used to describe a difficult situation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late. But you have a plan to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do. You are caught between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression "between a devil and deep blue sea" alway give you a choice between 2 equally dangerous things. Its meaning sames clear. You can choose the devil and burning his fires of hell or you can choose to drowned in the sea. Some word experts save expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the waterline of a ship. If the seam or crack the pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix it. The sailor ordered to repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging in the side of the ship, working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a sitiation with only bad choices"being on the horns of dilemma."The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about 2 equally balance choices. When your dilemma has horns, the choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of dilemma, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. Morris Joys was the narrator . I'm Shirley Griffith.
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Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is Hobson's choice--it often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hobson in the expression was Thomas Hobson. Mr.Hobson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge England. Mr.Hobson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge University, but he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses, so he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. Thus, a Hobsan's choice was really no choice.

Another expression were having no real choice is--between a rock and a hard place. It is often used to describe a difficult situation with few choices. None of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late, but you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry, but if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are caught between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression--between the devil and the deep blue sea also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. Its meaning seems clear--you can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell, or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a scene between two pieces of wood along the waterline of a ship. If the scene or crack betweent the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix it. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship, working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices--being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choiced. When your dilemma has horns, the choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a dilemma, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christiano. Moris Joys was the narrator . I'm Shirley Griffith.

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Now the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is Hobson's choice--it often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all. The Hobson in the expression was Thomas Hobson. Mr. Hobson owned a stable of horses in Cambridge England. Mr. Hobson often rented horses to the students at Cambridge University, but he did not really trust them to take good care of the horses, so he had a rule that prevented the students from riding his best horses. They could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. Thus, a Hobsan's choice was really no choice.

Another expression for having no real choice is--between a rock and a hard place. It is often used to describe a difficult situation with few choices, none of them good. For example, your boss may ask you to work late, but you have plans to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work, your boss gets angry. But if you do not go to the movies with your girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are caught between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression--between the devil and the deep blue sea also give you a choice between two equally dangerous things. Its meaning seems clear--you can choose the devil and his burning fires of hell, or you can choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a seam between two pieces of wood along the waterline of a ship. If the seam or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix it. The sailor ordered to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. He was hanging over the side of the ship, working between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There is still another expression that describes a situation with only bad choices--being on the horns of a dilemma. The dictionary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices. When your dilemma has horns, the choice becomes impossible. When you are on the horns of a dilemma, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christiano. Moris Joys was the narrator . I'm Shirley Griffith.
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