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[Report] SENEWS-2007-12-30 Report

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I am Susan Clark with the special English program, Words and their stories.
A woman from Japan was telling her friend about her trip to the United States. The woman had visited major businesses and investment companys 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 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 and the employer may get angry, he may shout "Stop making mistakes, 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~ and orderly plan of action. It is difficult to tell exactly where the saying began. But it is probable that it was in the theater or movie industry .Perhaps one of the actors was~~ to made all of the mistakes. The director may have said " Calm down now. Get your act together."
Word expert Jans Roger says the expression was commen by the late 1970s. Mr. Roger says the Manchester Guardian 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 ofen when the official of the company need. 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 an important meeting on one company. One official was giving a very long report, it was not very interesting. In fact ,some people at the meeting were following asleep. Finally, the presidant 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. Natually , this saying was started by people who make movies. Hollywood movie producors believed that most of Americans want to see action movies. Many of their movie show scenes in which the actors chase each other in cars or in airplanes or on foot. "Cut" is the directors' word for stop. The director means to stop filming, leave out somematerials, and get to the chasing 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 Walson, I am Susan Clerk.
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