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I'm Susan Clark 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 visited major businesses and investment companies in New York city and Chicago. I studied English before I left home she said, but I still ture that people were speaking English. Her problem is easy to understand. Americans in business are like people who are in business anywhere, they have language of their own. Some of the words and expressions deal with the special areas of their work, other expression are borrowed from different kinds of work, such as the theatre and movie industry.

One such thing is get your act together. When thing 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 /, he may say let us our act together. Either way the meaning is the same. Getting your act together is getting your organized, in business it uauslly means to develop a calm and orderly plan of action. It is difficult to tell exactly where the saying began. But it was probable that was in theatre or movie industry.Perhars one of the actors was nurse send made a lot of mistakes. The director may have said, come down now, get your act together. Word expert / says the expression is common by the late 1970s. Mr. Roger says the man / in newspaper used in 1978. The newspaper said a reformed policy required that the British government get its act together. Now this expression is heard often when officals company meet. One company 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 a important meeting of one company. One offical was giving a very long report, it was not very interesting. In fact, some people at the meeting were falling asleep. Finally, the president of 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 the good part. Nuturally this saying was started by people who movies. Hollywood movie producers believe that most of American want to see action movies. Many of their movie show things in which the actors chase each other in cars or in airplanes or on foot. Cut is the direct word for stop, the director means to stop filming, leave some out material and get to the chase things now. So if your employer tells you to cut to the chase, be ture to get to the main point of your story quickly.

This word and their stories program was written by Jerry Watson. I'm Susan Clark.

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