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Now, the VOA Special English Words and Their Stories

Every people has his own way of saying things, its own special expressions. These are the *** of a 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 flow 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 **Socrates talked this 2,300 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 Apollo. Swans were ** to Apollo the God of ** and song. The story of the swans last song found place in the works of 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 a poet, musician or writer. Now it means the final effort of any person. Someones swan song usually is also considered that person's finest work. A political expression with the similar meaning is the "last **". The expression may be used to describe a politician's last campaign. His final attempt to win the cheers and votes of people. The last ** also can mean the last acts of a 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 longtime mayor of Boston, **. He called this book the Last **. Some language experts say the expression came from a name given to noisy supporters of Andrew Jackson - America's 7th president. They cheered * so loudly for Andy Jackson during his presidential campaign that they became known as the * boys. Jackson's * boys also played a part in the election to choose the next president. Jackson's choice was his * President Martin Van Brun. A newspaper of the time reported that Van Brun was elected president in his words, by the ** boys and those who knew just enough short ** for Jackson. So President Jackson really hurt his last ** in the campaign of another candidate, the man who replaced him in the White House.

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