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now the VOA special english program,' words and their stories'.
every people has its own way of saying things. it is on special expressions. these are the living speech 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 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. it believed a swan sings a most beautiful song just before it dies.
the ancient Greek philosopher Sarcrotis talked this 2,300 years ago.Sarcrotis explained that the swan was singing because it was happy. the bird was happy because it was going to serve the Greek God, Appollow. swans were holly to Applow, the God of poetry and song. the story of the swan's last song found place in the works of other writers, including the early english writers, Chauser and Shakespeare,and the expression swan song as long being a part of the english language. first,swan song meant the last work of a poet, musician or writer. now it means the final effort of any person. someone's swan song usually is also considered that person's finest work.
a plolitical express with the similar meaning is the last horra. the expression may be used to describe a politian's last campaign. it is final attempt to win the cheers and votes of the people. the last horra also can mean the last acts of a politician before his term in office ends.
writer Adwin O'carna made the express popular in 1956. he wrote a book about the final years in the political life of a long time mayor of Boston, Massachusetts. he called this book 'the last horra'. some language experts said the expression came from a name given to noisy supporter of Andy Jackson, Amercia;s seventh president. they cheered horra so loudly for Andy Jackson during his presidential campaign.that baby came known as the 'horra boy'. Jackson's horra boys also played a part in the election to choose the next president. Jackson's choice was his vice president Mattin Wonbure. a newspaper of the time reported that Wonbure elected president in his words by the horra boys and those who knew just enough to shout horra for Jackson. so president jackson realy heard his last horras in the campaign of another candidate ,the man who would replace him in the White House.
this VOA special english program, words and their stories was written by Marilin Christiano. Maoris Joyes was the narrator. i am Shurly Griffen.
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