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Now the VOA special english program words and their stories.
In the early days of human history,people survive by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food.Then some people learn to  grow crops and raise animals for food.They were the first farmers.
Since the 16th century ,the word farm has mean agriculture land ,
but a much older meaning of the word farm is link to economics.
The word farm comes from the later word farmer,which means  an unchanging payment .Experts say the earlyest meaning of the English word farm was a  yealy payment made as a test or r?
Farmers in early england did not own their land ,they pay every year to use  agriculture  lands.I
n England farmers use force on trees  along edges property ,they called this role of force on a

hedge.Hedging feels was how careful farmers mark and protecting them ,soon people began to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial loss.
Hedging is common among gambles who make a large bets .A gamble bets a large money on one team,but to be  on the safe side he also places a small bed on the other team  to reduce a possible loss.You might that say someone is hedging his bet when he invest
in several different kinds of businesses ,one business may fail ,but likely not all.
Farmers know that it is not necessary to make hey while the sun shines .Heys has to  be cut and gathered when is dried ,so a wise farmer never pose on gathering his hey when the sun is shiney,rain may sooner appear. A wise person copys the farmer, he works when conditions are right .A new mother ,for example ,quickly learn to try to sleep when her baby is quiet even in the middle of the day .If the mother delays ,she may lose her chance to sleep ,so the mother
learns to make hey while the sun shines.
Beans are a popular farm crop, but beans are used to describe sth. of very little value in the expression 'not worth  a heal  of beans', The expression is  often used today.You could say for example that a bad idea is not worth a heal of a beans.Language expert  Chares Fanks said the expression was first used almost 700 years ago .He said rabbits of bloster describe a messege  from the king of Germany to king of England  has altogether not worth of being

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Now the VOA special English program, words and their stories. In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals, or gathering wild grains and plants for food. Man, some people learned to grow crops, and raised animals for food. They were the first farmers. Since the sixteen centuries, the word “farm” has meant agricultural land. But a much older meaning of the word “farm” is linked to economy. The word “farm” comes from a Latin word “ferme” which means unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word “farm” was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent. Farmers early in England did not own their land; they paid every year to use agricultural land. In England, farmers used hawthorn trees along the edges of property; they call this road of hawthorns a hedge. Hedging field was how careful farmers marked and protected them. Soon people began to use the word “hedging” to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial laws. Hedging is common among gamblers who make large bets. A gambler bets a lot of money on one team. But to be on the safe side, he also plays a smaller bets on the other team to reduce a possible lost. You might say that someone is hedging his back when he invests in several different kinds of business. One business may fail, but likely not all. Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay while in the sunshine. Hay has to be cut and gathered when it’s dry, so a wise farmer never postpone gathering his hay when the sun is shining, rain may soon appears. A wise person copies the farmer, he works when the conditions are right. A new mother, for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet, even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may lose her chance to sleep, so the mother learns to make hay while in the sunshine. Beans are a popular farm crop, but beans are used to describe something a very little value in the expression “not worth a hill of beans”. Its expression is often used today. You could say for example that a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert # said the expression is first used almost seven hundred years ago. He said Robert Bluster described a message from the king of Germany to king John of England as altogether not worth for a bean. This VOA English program words and their stories was written by ~, ~was the narrator. I am ~.
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Now the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

 

In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food. Then some people learn to grow crops and raise animals for food. They were the first farmers.

 

Since the 16th century, the word farm has meant agricultural land, but a much older meaning of the word farm is linked to economics. The word farm comes from a Latin word firma, which means an unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word farm was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent. Farmers in early England did not own their land. They paid every year to use agricultural lands. In England, farmers used hawthorn trees along the edges of property. They called this row of hawthorn a hedge. Hedging fields was how careful farmers marked and protected them. Soon people began to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial loss. Hedging is common among gamblers who make large bets. A gambler bets a lot of money on one team. But to be on the safe side, he also places a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a possible loss. You might say that someone is hedging his bet when he invests in several different kinds of businesses. One business may fail, but likely not all. Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay while the sun shines. Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry. So a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hay when the sun is shining. Rain may soon appear.

 

A wise person copies the farmer. He works when conditions are right. A new mother, for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet, even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may lose her chance to sleep. So the mother learns to make hay while the sun shines.

 

Beans are a popular farm crop, but beans are used to describe something of very little value in the expression not worth a hill of beans. The expression is often used today. You could say, for example, that a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert Charles Earle Funk said the expression was first used almost 700 years ago. He said Robert of Gloucester described a message from the King of Germany to King John of England as altogether not worth a bean.

 

This VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories, was written by Marilyn Christiano. M. Joyce was the narrator. I'm Shirley Griffith.

 

 

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Now the VOA special English program words and their stories. In the early days of human history ,people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food.Then some people learned to grow crops and raised animals for food. They were the first farmers. Since the 16th century ,the word "farm" has meant agricultural land.But a much older meaning of the word "farm"is linked to economics.The word "farm"comes from the Latin word"farmer", which means an unchanging payment.Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word "farm" was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent.Farmers in early England did not own their land.They paid every year to use agricultural land. In England ,farmers used hawthorn tress along the edges of property.They called this row of hawthorns, a hedge. Hedging fields was how careful farmers mark and protect them.Soon people began to use the word "hedging" to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial laws.Hedging is common among gamblers to make large bets.A gambler bets a lot money on one team .But to be on a safe side,he also places a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a possible loss.He might say that someone is hedging his bet when he invests in several different kinds of businesses.One business may fail ,but likely not all . Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay while the sun shines.Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry.So a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hay when the sun is shining.Rain may soon appear.A wise person copys the farmer .He works when conditions are right.A new mother,for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her bady is quiet even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may loose her chance to sleep.So the mother learns to make hay while the sun shines. Beans are a popular farm crop,but beans are used to describe something of very little value in the expression not worth a hill of beans. The expression is often used today.You could say for example that a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert Charles Earle Funk said the expression was first used almost 700 years ago.He said Robert of * describe a message from a king of Germany to king John of England as altogether not worth a bean. This VOA special English program words and their stories was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. Maurice Joyce was the narrator. I'm Shirley Griffith.
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In the early days of human history,people survied by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food.Then, some people learnd to grow crops and raise animals for food.They were the first farmers. Since the 16th centery the old farm has meant agricultural land, but a much old meaning of the word "farm" is linked to economics.The word "farm" comes from the Latin word "x", which means an unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the Engish word farm was a yearly payment made as a tax or ramp.Farmers in early England did not own their land.They paid every year to use the agricultural lands. In England, farmers used x trees along the ag of the propoty.They called these rules of x are hege.Heging feilds was how careful farmers marked and protected them.Soon, people began to use the word hegen to describe steps that could be taken to protect against finance laws. Heging is common among gamblers to make large bets.A gambler bet 's a lot of money on one team.But to be on the safe side,he also places a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a possible lose.you might say that someone's hegen his bed when he invests in several different kinds of businesses.One business may fail, but likely not all. Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay x sunshines.Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry.so a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hay when the sun is shining.Rain may soon appear.A wise person copies the farmer.He works when conditions are right. A new mother for example quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quite even in the middle of the day.If the mother delays, she may lose her chance to sleep.So the mother learns to make her x the sunshines. Beans are a popular farm crop,But beans are used to desribe sth of very little value in the expression" not worth a heal of beans." Expression is often used today. you could say for example that a bad idea.is other words a heal of beans. Langugage expert Chales x said that experssion was fresh used almost 700 years ago.He said robert of x described a message from the king of germany to king Jogh of Egland as all together not worth a bean.

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Now the VOA Special English Program - Words and their stories.

In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild greens and plants for food. Then some people learned to grow crops and raise animals for food. They were first farmers.

Since 16 century, the word 'farm' has mended agriculture land but a much older meaning of word 'farm' is lent to the economics. The word farm comes from lent word 'farmer' which means unchanging payment. Experts say the earilest meaning of English word "farm" were a yearly payment made as tax or rental. Farmers in earlier England did not own their land, they pay every year to use agriculture lands. In England, farmers used half on trees alone the ages of property. They called this rolles of the force on a xx . xxx was how careful farmers, mark and protect them. Soon people begin to use word "xxx" to describe steps that could be taken to protect against finacial loss. xxx is common among gamblers who make large bets. A gambler that is a lot of money on one team but to be on the safe side, he also places a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a parcial loss. You might see that is someone's xxx is better when they invested several different kinds of businesses. One business may fail but luckily not all. Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay while sunshines. Hay has be cut and gathered when it is drived. A less farmer never postpone gathering his hay he when sun is shining, rain may soon appear. A wise person copy this the farmer. He works when conditions are right. A new mother, for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may loss her chance to sleep so the mother learns to make hay while sunshines.

Beans are popular farm crop. But beans are used in describe something a very little value in exploration not worth a hill of beans. Exploration is often used today. You could see for example,that a better idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert Chris xxx said that exploration was first used almost seven hundred years ago. He said a xxx described the message from the king of Germany to the king of England as all together not worth a bean. It's VOA Special English Program - Words and their stories was writen by M C. More joins xx. I am Shirley.

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories.

meaning of the word farm is linked to economics. The word farm comes from In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food. Then some people learned to grow crops and raise animals for food. They were the first farmers. Since the sixteenth century, the word farm has meant agricultural land. But a much oldera Latin word firma which means an unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word farm was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent.


Farmers in early England did not own their land. They paid every year to use agricultural lands. In England farmers used hawthorn trees along the edges of property. They called this row of hawthorns a hedge. Hedging fields was how careful farmers marked and protected them. Soon people began to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial loss. Hedging is common among gamblers who make large bets. A gambler bets a lot of money on one team. But to be on the safe side, he also places a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a possible loss. You might say that someone is hedging his bet when he invests in several different kinds of businesses. One business may fail, but likely not all.



Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay while the sun shines. Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry. So a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hay when the sun is shining. Rain may soon appear. A wise person copies the farmer. He works when conditions are right. A new mother, for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet, even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may lose her chance to sleep. So the mother learns to make hay while the sun shines.


Beans are a popular farmer crop. But beans are used to describe something of very little value in the expression ' not worth a hill of beans '. The expression even often used today. You could say, for example, that a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert Charles Earle Funk said the expression was first used almost seven hundred years ago. He said Robert of Gloucester described a message from the King of Germany to King John of England as altogether not worth a bean.


This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. Maurice Joyce was the narrator. I'm Shirley Griffith.


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not worth a hill of beans

1.[口] 毫无价值
2. 微不足道

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Now the VOA special English program Words and their stories.

In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering  wild grins and plants for food. Man, some people learned to grow crops, or raise animals for food, they were the first farmers. Since the 16th century, the word farm has mind agraculture land,  but are much older meaning of the word farm is linked to the economics. The word farm comes from the Latin word farmer, which means the unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word farm was the yearly payment made as tax or a rent. Farmers in early England didn't own their land, they payed every year to use agariculture lands. In England, farmers use XX trees along edges of property, they call this row of  XX a hedge, hedging fields was how careful farmers mark and protect them. Soom people began to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial loss. Hedging is a common among gamblers who make large bets, a gambler bets a lot of money on one team, but to be on safe side, he also plays a smaller bet on the other team to reduce the possible loss. You might say that someone is hedging his bet, when he invests in several different kinds of businesses. One business may fail, but likely not all. Farmers know that it is necessary to make hey while in the sunshine, hey has to be cut and gathered when it is dry, so a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hey when the sun is shining, rain may soon appear. A wise person copies the farmer,  he works when conditions are right. A new mother, for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet, even in the middle of the day, if the mother delays, she may lose the chance to sleep, so the mother learns to make hey while the sunshine. Beans are a popular farm crop, but beans are used to describe something are very little value in the expression "not worth the hill of beans", the expression is often used today. You could say, for example, that a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language experts Charles funk said the expression was fresh used almost 700 years ago. He said Robert Bloster, describe the message from the King of Germany to King John of England as altogather not worth a bean.

 

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Now the VOA special English program words and their stories.
In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animal or gathering wild grains and plants for food.
Then some people learn to grow crops and raise animals for food. they were the first farmers.
Since the 16th century,the word farm has meant agricaltural land. But a much old meaning of the word farm is linked to economics.
The word farm comes from the Latin word *firma, which means an unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the english word farm means was a yearly payment made as a tax or *rent.
Farmers in early england didn't own their own land, they paid every year to use agricatural lands. in England, farmers used *hawthorn trees along the edges of property.
They called this road of *hawthorns a hedge, hedging fields was how careful farmers marked and protected them.
soon people began to use the word hedging to describe the steps that could be taken to protect against finacial *loss.
Hedging is common among gamblers, who make large bets. A gambler bets a lot of money on one team. But, to be on the safe side, he also places a smaller bets on the other team to reduce a possible lose. You might say someone is hedging his bet when he invests in several different kinds of bussinesses.One bussinesses may fail but likely not all.
Farmers know that it is neseccary to make *hay while the sun shines.
*Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry, so a wise farmer never *postpones gathering his *hay when the sun is shining. Rain may soon appear.
A wise person copys the farmer. He works when conditions are right. A new mother, for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet, even in the middle of the day.
If the mother delays, she may lose her chance to sleep. So the mother learns to make hay while the sun shines.
Beans are popular farm crops, but beans are used to describe something are very little value in the expression not worth a *hill of beans.
The expresion is often used today, you could say for example that a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert Charlse *Earle Frank said the expresion was first used almost 700 years ago.
He said robert of *Gloucester described a massege from the King of Germany to King John of England as altogether not worth a bean.

This VOA special program words and their stories  was writen by Marilyn Christiano. Maurice Joyce was the *narrator. I'm S G.

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now the voa special English program words and their stories in the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food. Then some people learned to grow corps, and raised animals for food. They were the first farmers. Since the 16th century, the word farm has meant agricultural land. But a much older meaning of the word farm is linked to economics. The word farm comes from the Latin word farma. which means an unchanging payment. Exporters say the earlies meaning of the English word farm was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent. Farmers in early England did not own their land. They paid every year to use agricultural lands. In England, farmers used the hawthorn trees along the edge of property. They called this row of hawthorns a hedge. Hedging fields was how careful farmers marked and protected them. Soon people began to use the word hedging to describes the steps could be taken to protect against the financial laws. Hedging is common among gamblers to make large bets. A gambler bets a lot of money on one team. But to be on the safe side, he also places a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a possible loss. You might say that someone is hedging his bet when he invests in several different kinds of businesses. One business may fail, but likely not all. Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay while the sunshines. Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry. So a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hay when sun is shining. Rain may soon appear. A wise person copies the farmer. He works when conditions are right. A new mother for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet, even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may lose the chance to sleep. So the mother learns to make hay while the sunshines. Beans are a popular farm crop. But beans are used to describe something a very little value in the expression not worth a hill of beans. The expression is often used today. You could say eg. That a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert 333 said the expression was first used almost 7 hundred years ago. He said 333 decribed a message from the king of germany to king of England that altogether not worth a bean. This is voa special English program words and their stories written by 333,333 was the narrator. I am 333

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

in the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food. Then, some people learn to grow crops and raise animals for food. They were the first farmers. Since the 16th century, the word farm had means agriculture land. But a much older meaning of that word farm is linked to economies. the word farm comes from Latin word  fermer which means unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the english farm was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent. farmers in early england did not own their own land. they paid every year to use agriculture lands. In england, farmers used horn thorn trees along the edges of property. they called this horn thorns a hedge. hedging fields was how careful farmers protected them. soon people begin to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial lose. hedging is common among gamblers who make large bets. a gambler bets a large money on one team. but to be on the safe side, he also plays a smaller bets on the other team to reduce a possible loss. you might say someone is hedging ones bets when he invests several different kinds of businesses. one business may fail but likely not all.

   Farmers know that it is necessary to make hay well the sun shines. hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry. so a wise farmer never postpone gathering its hay when the sun is shining. rain may soon appear, a wise person copies the farmer. he works when conditions are right. a new mother for example quickly learns try to sleep when her baby is quiet. even in the middle of the day. if the mother delays. she may lose her chance to sleep. so the mother learns to make hay while the sun shines.

  Beans a popular farm crops. but beans are used to describe something a very little value in the expression not worth a hell of beans. expression often use today. you could say for example: that a bad idea is not worth a hell of beans. language expert A F. said the expression first used almost 700 years ago. he said RG. described a message come from Germany to King Jon of england as all together not worth a bean
homework Now the VOA Special English Program ,Words and Their Stories. In the eardy days of human history,people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild grains and plants for food.Them so people learnt to grow crops and raise animals for food.They were the first farmers.Since the 16th century,the word "farm"has meant agriculture land.But a much order meaning of the word"farm" is linked to economics. The word"farm" came from the Latin word"farmer" which means an unchanging payment.Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word "farm"was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent.Farmers in early England did not own their land.They paid every year to use agriculture lands.In England,farmers used hore on trees,along the edgesof property.They called this hores a hatch.Hatching fields was how careful farmers marked and protected them.Soon,people began to use the word hatching to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial laws. Hatching is common among gamblers who made large bets.A gamble bets a lot of money on one team, but to be on the safe side,he also plays a smaller bet on the other team,to reduce a possible loss.You might say that someone is hatching its back when he invests in several different kinds of businesses.One business might fail,but likely not all.Farmers know that it it necessary to make hay while the sun shines.Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry, so a wise farmer never pose pomes gathering his hay when the sun is shining.Rain may soon appear. A wise person,copies of the farmer,he works when conditions are right.A new mother,for example,quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet,even in the middle of the day.If the mother delays,she would lose her chance to sleep.So the mother learns to make hay while the sun shines. Beans are a popular farm crop.But beans are used to describe something are very little values in the expression"not worth a hell of beans".This expression is often used today.You could say,for example,that a bad idea is not worth a hell of beans. Language experts Charles * said the expression was first used almost 700 years ago.He said Robot of glaster,described a message from the King of Germany to King * of English as all-together not worth a bean.
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Now is the VOA special English program words and their stories. In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering wild gains and plants for food. Then some people learnt to grow crops and raise animals for food. They were the first farmers. Since the sixteenth century the word farm has meant agricultural lands. But a much older meaning of the word farm is linked to economics. The word farm comes from a Latin word firmu which means an unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word farm was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent. Farmers in early England didn’t own their land they paid every year to use agricultural lands. In England farmers used hawthorn trees along the edges of the property. They called this row of hawthorns a hedge. Hedging fields was how careful farmers marked and protected them. Soon people began to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial loss. Hedging is common among gamblers who make large bets. A gambler bets a lot of money on one team, but to be on the safe said he also places a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a possible loss. You might say that someone is hedging his bet when he invests in several different kinds of business. One business may fail but likely not all. Farmers know that it is necessary to make hey while the sun shines. Hey has to be cut and gathered while it is dry. So a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hey when the sun is shining. Rain may soon appear. A wise person copies the farmer. He works when conditions are right. A new mother, for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may lose her chance to sleep. So the mother learns to make hey while the sun shines. Beans are a popular farm crop. But beans are used to describe something a very little value in the expression ‘not worth a hill of beans’. The expression is often used today. You could say, for example, ‘that is a bad idea. It’s not worth a hill of beans’. Language expert Charles Ellafunt said the expression was first used almost seven hundred years ago. He said Robert describe a message from the king of Germany to king John of England as ‘all together not worth a bean’. This VOA special program, words and their stories, was written by Marylin Crityano. Morris Joyce was the narrator. I’m Shelley Griffith.

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Now, the VOA special English program, words and stories. In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals or gathering greens and plants for food. Then ,some people learned to grow crops and raise animals for food. They were the first farmers. Since the 16th century, the word farm has meant agriculture land. But a much older meaning of the word farm was linked to economics. The word farm come form a Latin word, firam, which means an unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of the English word was a yearly payment made as a tax or rent. Farmers in early England, didn’t own their land, they paid every year to use agriculture land. In England, farmers use hawthorn trees along the edges of property. They called this row of hawthorns a hedge. Hedge fields was how careful farmers marked and protected them. Soon people began to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial loss. Hedge is common among gamblers, who make large bets. A gambler bets a lot of money on one team. But to be on the save side, he also plays a smaller bet on the other team to reduce a possible loss. You might say someone is hedging his bet when he invests in several different kinds of business. One business may fail, but likely not all. Farmers know it necessary to make hay while the sunshine. Hay has to be cut and gathered when it is dry. So a wise farmer never postpones gathering his hay when the sun is shining, rain may soon appear. A wise person copies the farmer, he works when conditions are right. A new mother for example, quickly learns to try to sleep when her baby is quiet even in the middle of the day. If the mother delays, she may lose her chance to sleep. So the mother learns to make hay while the sunshine. Beans are the popular farm crop. But beans are used to describe something are very little value in the expression “not worth a hill of beans”. The expression is often used today. You could say for example, that a bad idea is not worth a hill of beans. Language expert Charles Earle Funk said the expression was first used almost 700 years ago. He said Robert of Gloucester describe a massage form the king of Germany to king John of England as altogether not worth a bean. This VOA special English program words and their stories was written by Marilyn Rice Christiano. Maurice Joyce was the narrator. I'm Shirley Griffith. **43&d **43&d **43&d **43&d
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Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.
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