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Now the VOA special english program:Words and their stories.

 

American english is full of colorful expressions. One such expression is "To touch all basis". It comes from the sport of baseball. There are four bases in baseball. First, second and third. The fourth is homeplate. Together, the bases form a dynamic shape. when the baseball player hits the ball, he must run to each base. In word and touch with his foot. It is the the only way to score a point. If the player hits the ball and fails to touch all the bases. The point will not be counted.

 

The importance of touching all the bases will show on at the start of the 1974 baseball season. Hank Eren was a player of the Atalantic Braver's team. He was seeking the record for hiting the most homeruns. the homerun is the ball that is hit over the wall. Eren need a just one homerun to equal the record held by Bay Bruce, the greatest hiter in baseball history. Eren got that homerun the very first time he had the chance to hit the ball. He sent the ball over the wall that surround the playing field. That give him 714 homeruns, the same as hal Bruce. After that day, baseball fans held thier breath every time it was Hank Eren's turn to hit. when would he hit it the homerun the 715th, their wait was not long. In the second week of the season, Eren again hit the ball over the wall. He had beaten the Bruce's record. But first, he had to run around the four bases. The other players on his team watched cafefully to make sure he touched the each one. If he did not, the homerun will not have counted. There wouldn't have been a new record.

 

So, to touches all bases mean what to do necessary to complete an activity. The experssion is used in business and politics. No business deal or political compaign is really complete until you discuss all the issues involved. Or, as it is said, until you touch all bases even professional diplomats use this expression as well as others that comes from baseball. A deplomat is recording on the negotiations with deplomats of different countries. They say they touched all bases during many hours of talks. This means they explored all issues invloved in the situation. Perhaps they did this after expressing hope that they could play ball with each other, meaning that they could learn to coorperate.

 

Sports reporters write about fast moving lively events. They must develop the way of writing articles straight to the point. Their duty is to give the reader a completely picture of the event in as few words as possible. They must touch all bases as quickly as they can.

 

This Voa special english program words and their stories is written by Mike Pitts. This is Bom Dueding.

[ 本帖最后由 wamwang 于 2008-4-27 23:07 编辑 ]
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