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Now the VOA special English program, Words and their Stories.

Every people had its own way think things, their 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 a bird. The swan is most silence through its life, its flutes quietly on the water. Unable to sing sweet songs like most of other birds. In ancient times however, people believed that swan was given a special gift song at the end of its life. They believed a swan sings a most beautiful song just before their dies.

The ancient great philosopher Socrates talked of this 2300 years ago. Socrates explained that the swan was singing because of happy. The bird was happy because it was going to serve the Geek God Apollo. Swans were holy to Apollo, the God of poetry and song.

The story of the swans last song, sung the place in the work serve other writers, include any English writers Chaucer and Shakespeare. And their expression swan song had long in the part of English language.

At fist, swans song meant the last work of appoint musician or writer. Now it means the final effort of any person, someone’s swan song usually is also considered that person’s final work. A political expression with a similar meaning is the Last Kara. This expression maybe use to describe a politician’s last campaign. His final attempt to win the cheers and votes of people. The Last Kara also can mean the last acts of politician before his term in office ends.

Writer Edwin O’ Color made this expression popular in 1956. He wrote a book about the final years in the political life about long time mayor about Boston Massorchaussets. He called his book <The Last Hurrah>

Some language experts say the expression came from the name given to the noise supporters of Andy Jackson, American 7 president. They cheer the hurrah so loud for Andy Jackson during his president campaign that they became known as hurrah boys. Jackson’s hurrah boys also play a part in the election to choose the next president. Jackson’s choice was his vice president Marton Venburen. A newspaper of the time reported that Venburen was elected president in his words by they hurrah boys. And those who knew just enough to shout hurrah for Jackson. So president Jackson really heard his last hurrahs in the campaign of another candidate. The man who were replaced him in the White House.

This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories, was written by Mariline Christiano. Morris Joyce was narrator, I am Shirley Geffen.
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