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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 H. 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 H. in the expression was Thomas H. Mr H. owned a stable of houses in Cambridge, England. Mr H. 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 / his best houses. they could take the horse that was nearest the stable door, or they could not take any horse at all. Thus, a H.'s choice was really no choice.

Another expression /(发音像were) having no real choice is between a rock and a hard place. it is often used to describe the 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 girlfriend, she gets angry. So what do you do? You are called(?) between a rock and a hard place.

Another expression between the devil and 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 choose to drown in the sea. Some word experts say this expression comes from the days of wooden ships. The devil is a word for a same(?) between two pieces of wood along the waterline of a ship. if the / or crack between the two pieces of wood begins to leak, then a sailor must fix it. the sailor order to make the repairs was in a dangerous situation. he was hunging over 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 horns of dilemma, the dictonary says a dilemma is a situation in which you must make a decision about two equally balanced choices. When your delimma has horns, a choice becomes impossible. When you are on horns of a delimma, no matter which horn you choose, something bad will happen.

This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn C. Morris J. was /. I'm Shirley /.
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