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[Report] SENEWS-2007-08-26 Report

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Homework:
Now the VOA SE program words and their stories.
Baseball is America’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 have nine players. the pitcher of one team throws the ball to a batter from other team. The batter attempts to hit the ball. If he misses, it is called a strike. If a batter get 3 strikes he looses his turn at bat and is called “out”. The batter also is out if he hits the ball in the air and an opposing player catches it. But if the batter hit 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 intelligent and able to do a good job. But a person who threw a curve ball did something unexpected. Someone who steps up to the plate is ready to do his or her job. A pitch hitter takes the place of someone else at job or activity. A person who strikes out or goes down swinging attempted 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 park did something extremely well. Sometimes I have to give information quickly without time to think it over. Then I would say something right off the bat. If someone is doing an extremely good job and it is very successful you may say he or she is bating one thousand. If I say I want to touch base with you I will talk you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I touch all the bases if I did what is necessary to complete a job or activity. And if I covered my bases I would well prepared. However, someone who is way off base did something wrong or maybe even dishonest it or immoral. A person with stranger ideas might be described as out in left field. Let us say I want to sell my car but I do not known exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the prize I might give a ball park figure or a ball park estimate. If someone offers me an amount 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 for yours.
Finally when the situation changes completely we say that is a whole new ball game.
This VOA SE program words and their stories, was written by Shelly Gollust. I am Faith Lapidus.
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