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[Report] SENEWS-2007-08-19 Report

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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 these difficulty. One of these expressions is Harpsom's choice. It often is used to describe a diffiuclt choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning it to have no choice at all. The harpsom in its expression was Thomas Harpsom. Mr. Harpsom owned a stable of houses in Cambridge England. Mr. Harpsom often rented houses to the students at Cambridge University. But he did not really trust them to take good care of the houses. So he had a role that prevented the students from renting his best houses. They could the house that was nearest the stable all or they could not take any house at all. Thus, a Harpsom's choice was really no choice. Another expression were having no real choice is between a rock and a hot place. It is often used to describe a difficult situation. With few choices nor of them good. For example, your boss may ask you work late but you have planned to go to a movie with your girlfriend. If you refuse to work to a movie with your girlfriend your boss gets angry. But if your 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 hot place. Another expression between the devil and 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 fire of hell or you can choose to crown on the sea. Some word experts say the expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a thim between two pieces of wood along the water line of a ship. If the thim or crack between the two pieces of wood began 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 are still another expression that describe a situation with only bad choices. Being on a horns of a dilemma, the dictionary says a dilemma is the situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices. When you dilemma has horns the choices become impossible. When you are on a horn of dilemma, no matter which horn you cures, something bad will happen.
This voa special english program words and their stories was written by Marrilian Cristiano. Mor Jocy was the naryer. I am Shorry Gripan.
different start,different way,different process,but the same result
we all hope for a better future,it must be better.
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