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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 birds, the swan is mostly silent through its life, it flows widely on the water and able to sing sweet songs like most other birds.


in ancient time however people believe that the swan was given a special gift song at the end of its life, it believed swan sings a most beautiful song just before it dies, the ancient great Philosopher S. talked of this 2300 years ago, s. explained that the swan is singing because it was happy, the bird was happy because it was going to serve a Greek God Apllo, swan was holly to Apollo -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 C. and S. and the expression swan song have long been part of 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 was the similar meaning is the last H., the expression may be used to describe a Politian’s last Campaign, its final attempt to win the chairs and votes of the people, the last H. also can mean the last acts of a Politian before his turn in office ends, writer C. made the expression popular in 1956, he wrote a book about the final year in the political life of a long time mayor of Boston Massachusetts ,he called his book <the last H.>, some language experts say the expression came from a name given to noisy supporters of Andrew Jackson American 17th president, they cheered H. so loudly for Jackson during his presidential campaign that they came know as the H. boy, Jackson’s H. boys also played a part in the election to the next president, Jackson’s choice was his vice president M. a newspaper of the time reported that M. was elected president in its words, bye the H. boys and those who know just enough to shout H. for Jackson , so president Jackson really heard his last H. 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 Marline C .Morris Joyce was its narrator. I’m Shirley Geffen.
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