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[Report] SENEWS-2007-12-30 Report

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I'm Susan H 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 was 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 speacial areas of their work. Other expressions are brorrowed from different kinds of work, such as the theatre and the movie industry.
One such thing is "get your act together". When things go wrong in a business, an employer may get angry. He may shout:"Stop making the stakes! Get your act together!" Or, if the employer is calmer, he may say:"Let us get our act together." Either way, the meaning is the same. Getting your act together is getting organized. In business, it usually means to develop a calm and orderly plan of action. It is difficult to tell exactly where the saying began, but it is probable that it was in the theatre or movie industry. Perhaps one of the actors was nervous and made a lot of mistakes, the director may have said:"Clam down now, get your act together." Word expert James Roger said the expression was common by the late 1970s. Mr. Roger says the Manchester Guardian Newspaper used it in 1978. The newspaper said a reformed policy required that the British government "get its act together". Now this expression is heard often when officials of a 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 the expression when she attended an important meeting of one company. One official was getting 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 not to spend too much on details or unimportant materials, hurry and get to the good part. Naturally this saying was started by people who make movies. Hollywood movie producers believe that most Americans want to see action movies. Many of their movies show scenes that 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 scene now. So if your employer tells you to cut to the chase, be sure to get to the main point of your story quickly.
This Words and Their Stories program was written by Jerry Watson. I'm Susan H.
PUT~见了他,她变得很低很低,低到尘埃里,但她心里是喜欢的,从尘埃里开出花来。
And what they did, what they created was greater than art, because you live your life in it.
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