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Now the VOA Special English Program Words And Their Stories.

Every people has it's own way of things. It's own special expressoins. These are living speech of people and story can be told about each of them.

The white swan with it's long graceful neck is among the most beautiful of birds. The swan is mostly / 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 swan was given a special gift song at the end of it's life. They believed the swan sings the most beautiful song just before it dies. The ancient Greek philosopher / talked of this two thousand hundred years ago. / explianed that the swan was singing because it was happy. The bird was happy because it was going to serve the Greek God Apollo. Swans were holy to Apollo, the god of poetry and song. The story of the swans last song found place in the works of other writers including English writers / and /.

And the expression swan song has long been a part of the English language. At first, swan song meant the last work of a poet, musician or writer. Now, it means the final effort of any person ,someones swan song ususally is also considered that person's final work. A political expression with similar meaning is the last /. The expression may be used to describe a politician's last campaign. His final attempt to win the chairs and votes of the people. The last / also can be meant the last / politician before his term in office ends.

Writer / made the expression popular in 1956. He wrote a book about the final years in the political life of a long time / Boston,/. He called this book the last /. Some language experts say this expression came from a named given to noisy supporters of /. America's 7th president. They chaired / so loudly for / during his presidential campign that they became known as the / boys. / boys also played a part in the election to choose the next president. / choice was his vice president /. A newspaper of the Time reported that / was elected president in his words by the / boys and those who knew just enough to shot / for J. So President J. really heard his last / in the campaign of another candidate, the man who would replace him in the Whitehouse.

This VOA Special English Program Words And Their Stories was written by Mariline C. Morris / was it's narrator. I'm Shirley /.
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