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Now the voa special english program Words and their stories.

Every people has its own way of saying things.Its own special expressions.These are the living speech of people and story can be told about each of them.

The white swan with its long graceful neck is among the most beautiful of birds.The swan is mostly silent through its life.It floats quietly on the water, unable to sing sweet songs like most other birds.
In ancient times,however people believed that the swan was given a special gift of song at the end of its life.They believed a swan sings a most beautiful song just before it dies.The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates talked of this two thousand three hundred years ago.Socrates explained that the swan was singing because it was happy.The bird was happy because it was going to serve the Greek god apollow.Swans were holy to apollow the God poetry and song.

The story of swan's last song found place in the work serve other writers including the early english writers Chaucer and Shakespeare.And the expression swan song has long been a part of the english language.At first swan song meant the last work of poet ,musician or writer.Now it means the final effort of any person.Some ones swan song usually is also considered that person's finest work.A political expression with the similar meaning is the last hurra.The expression may be used to describe a politician's last campaign.His finally attempt to win the chairs and votes of the people.The last hurra also can mean the last acts of a politician before his term in office ends.

Writer * Ocorner made the expression popular in 1956.The wrote a book about the final years in the political life
of long time mayor of of Boston, Massachusetts. He called his book the last hurra.Some language experts say the expression came from the name given to noisy supporters of Andrew Jackson, American seventh President.They cheered hurra so loudly for Andy Jackson during his presidential campaign that they became known as the hurra boys.Jackson's hurra boys also played a part in the election to choose the next president. Jackson's choice was his Vice President * . A newspaper of the time reported that * was elected president, in his words, by the hurra boys and those who knew just enough to shot hurra for Jackson. So President Jackson really heard his last hurras in the campaign of another candidate, the man who would replaced him in the White House.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Christiano. * was the narrator. I'm *.
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