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[Report] SENEWS-2007-12-30 Report

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I am **,with the special english program :words and their stories

A woman from Japan was telling a friend about her trip to the United States.The woman had wisited major businesses and investment companies in New York City and Chicago.

I studyed English before I left home ,she said.But I am still not sure that people were speaking English.Her problem is easy to understand .Americans in business are like people who are in business anywhere.

They have a language of their own.Some of the words and expressions deal with the special areas of their work,other expressions are borrowed from different kinds of work,such as the theater and movie industry.

One such thing is "get your act together".When things go wrong in the business,an employer may get angry.He may shout" stop making mistakes","get your act together".Or if the employer is comer,he may say"let us get our act together".Either way , the meaning is the same." Getting your act together" is getting organised .In business it usually means to develop a calm and orderly plan of action.

It is difficult to tell exactly where the thing began,but it is probable that it was in the theater or movie industry.Perhaps one of the actors was nervous and made a lot of mistakes,the director may have said calm down now , get your act together.

Word export RJ says that the expression was common by the late 1970s.Mr RJ says the MG Newspaper used it in 1978.The newspaper said a reform policy required that the British government " get it act together".

Now this expression is heard often when officials of company meet.One compay even called its yearly report "getting our act together".

The Japanese visitor was confused by another expression used by American business people.It is "cut to the chase".She heard that expression when she attended an important meetning of one company.One official was giving a very long report.It was not very interesting.In fact,some people at the meeting were falling in sheep.Finally, the presdient o the company said "cut to the chase".

"Cut to the chase" means to stop spending so much time on details or unimportant material,hurry and get to a good part.Naturally, this saying was started by people who make movies.Hollywood movie producers believed that
most Americans want to see action movies.Many of their movies show things and which the actors chase each other in cars or in airplanes or on foot.

Cut is the director's word for stop.The director means to stop filming,leave out some material and get to the chase thing now.

So ,if your employer tells you to cut to the chase,be sure to get to the main point of your story quickly.
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