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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-08-03 Words and Their Stories

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Now the voa special programme words and their stories. Green is an important color in nature, it is the color of grass and the leaves on trees. It is also the color of most growing plants.sometimes the word green means young, fresh and growing. Sometimes it describes sth that is not yet right or finished. For example, a greenhorn is someone who has no experience who is new to a situation. In the fifteenth century a greenhorn was a young cow or ox whose horn had not yet developed. A century or so later, a greenhorn was a soldier who had not yet had any experience in battle. By the eighteenth century, a greenhorn had the meaning that it has today a person who is new in the job. About one hundred years ago green horn was a popular expression in the American west. old timer used it to describe a man who had just arrived from one of the big cities backeast. The greenhorn lack the skills he would need to live in the hard rough countries. Someone who has the ability to grow plants well is said to have a green thumb. The expression comes from the early ninghteen hundreds. A person with a green thumb seems to have a magic touch that makes plan grow quickly and well. U might say that the woman nextstore has a green thumb if her garden continues to grow long after your plants have died. The green revolution is the name given some years ago to the development of new kinds of rice and other greens. The new plants produce much larger crops, the green revolution was the result of hardwok by agricultural scientists who had green thumbs. Green is also the color used to describe the powerful jealousy. The green-eyed monster is not a frightening creature from the outspace. It is an expression used about 400 years ago by British writer William shakespear in his play othello. It dexcribe the unpleasant feeling a person has when someone has sth he wants. A young man may suffer from the green-eyed monster if his girlfriend begins going out with someone else. Or a green-eyed monstser may affect your friend if your get a pay raise and she does not. In most places in the world ,a green light is a sign to move ahead. A green light on a traffic signal means your car can continue on. On everyday speech, a green light means approval to continue with the project. We want you to know we have a green light to continue this series next week.

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