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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 Americans’ 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 nine players. The pitcher 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 three strikes, he loses his / bat, and it is called out. The batter also is out, if he hits the ball in the air, and an apposing player catches it. But if the batter hits the ball and it is not caught, the batter tries to run one or more of the four bases of the field. The batter can run to all four bases if he hits the ball over the fence or out of the ballpark. Such hit is called a home run.
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 cold ball did something unexpected. Someone who steps up to the plate is ready to do his or her job. A / hitter takes the place of someone else at a job or activity. A person who strikes out or goes down swing attempts something but failed, we also might tell the person that three strikes and you are out. But someone who hit a home run or hit it out of the 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 is very successful, he might say he or she is batting one thousand. If I say I want to touch base with you, I will talk to you from time to time about something we plan to do. I might say I touched all the bases if I did what is necessary to complete a job for activity. And if I covered my bases, I was well prepared. However, someone who is way off base did something wrong or maybe even dishonest or immoral. A person with strange ideas might be described as out in the left field.
Let us say ,I want to sell my car, but I do not know exactly how much it is worth. If someone asks me the price, I might give a ballpark figure or a ballpark estimate. If someone offers me an amount that is close to my selling price, I might say the amount is in the ballpark. However, if I say we are not in the same ballpark, I mean we can not agree because my ideas are true different from yours. Finally when a situation changes completely, we said that is a whole new ball game.
This VOA special English program words and their stories was written by Shirley Gaullist, I’m Faith Lepidus.
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