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[Report] SENEWS-2007-08-26 Report

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories.

Baseball is American's national sport so it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game. Each baseball team has 9 players. The pitch of one team throws the ball to a batter from the other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball, if he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter gets 3 strikes he loses his turn a bad and he is called out. The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and opposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught, the batter tries to run to one or more of the 4 bases on the field. The batter can run to all 4 bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ball park. Such a hit is called a homerun.

Now, here are some common expressions from baseball. Someone who is on the ball is inteligent and able to do a good job. But a person who throw a curve ball did something unexpected. Someone who stepped subted the plate is ready to do his or her job. A pitch hitter takes the place of someone else at a job or activity. A person who strikes out or goes down swinning attemped something but failed. We also might tell the person that 3 strikes and you are out. But someone who hit a homerun or hit it out of the park did something extremely well.

Sometimes I had to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something right of the batter. If someone is doing an extremely good job and is very successful, you might say he or she is batting 1,000. If I say want to touth base with you, I will talk to you from time to time about something we planned to do. I might say I touch all the bases if did what nesscessary to complete a job or activity. And if I covered my bases I was well prepared.

However, someone who is way off base did something wrong may be even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as out in rest villed. That of say I want to sell my car but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asked me the price I might give a ball park figure or a ball park estimate. If someone offers me in a mount that is close to my selling price I might say the amount is in the ball park. However, if I say we are not in the same ball park, I mean we can not agree because my ideas are too different from yours. Finally when a situation changes completely, we say that is a whole new ball game.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by S* D*. I'm Faith Lapidus.
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