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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 bases. It comes from sport of baseball. There are 4 bases in baseball. First, second and third, the fourth is home place. Together, the bases form a diamond ship. When the baseball player hits the ball, he must run to each base, game over and touch with his force. This is the only way to score a point. If the player hit the ball and fails to touch all of the bases, the point will not be counted.

 

The importance of touching all of the bases was shown at the start of 1974 baseball season. Hank Aaron was a player with Atlanta Braves baseball team. He was seeking the record for hitting the most home rounds. A home round is a ball that hit all of the rounds. Aaron needed was just one home round to equal the record held by Babe Ruth, the greatest hitter in baseball history. Aaron got that home round the very first time when he had a chance to hit the ball. He sent the ball over the wall that surround that’s around the play field. That gave him 740 home rounds. the same as Babe Ruth.。 After that day, baseball fans held their breath every time when it was Aaron 'Sturn to hit. When would he hit home round number 750, wait was not long. In the second week of the season, Aaron again hit the ball over the wall, he has beaten 人名’s record. But first, he had to run around before bases. The other players on his team watched carefully, to make sure he touched each one. If he did not, the home round would not been counted. There would have been no new record.

 

So, to touch all bases means to do what is necessary to complete an activity. The expression used in business and politics. No business deal or political campaign is really complete until he discuss all the issues involved, Or, as it is said, until you touch all bases. Even professional diplomats use such expression as well as others that come from baseball. A diplomat in reporting on negotiations were different diplomats from different countries, may say they touched all bases joining many hours of talks. This means they exposed all issues involved in the situation. Perhaps they did this after expressing hope that they could play ball with each other meaning that they could learn to cooperate.

 

Sports reporters write about fans moving, lovely events, they must develop a way of writing that goes straight to the point. Their duty is to give the reader a complete facture of events in as few words as possible. They must touch all bases as quickly as they can.

 

This VOA special English program, words and stories, was written by Mike Pitts。 This is Bob Doughty.。

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