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Now the VOA special English program, words and their stories.Green are important color in nature. It's the color of grass and leaves on tress, it is also color of most growing plants. Sometimes, the word green means young, fresh and growing; sometimes it describes something not yet right or finished. For example, a green horn is someone who has no experience, who is new to a situation; in the 15th century, a greenhorn was a young cow or ox whoses horn had not yet developed. A century years later, a greenhorn

was a soldier who had not yet had any experience in battle. By the 18th century, greenhorn has a meaning as today, a person who is new in a job. About one hundred years ago, greenhorn was a popular expression in the American West. Old timers used it to describe a man who had just arrived from one of the big cities back east. The greenhorn lacked the skills it would be live in a hard rough country.

 

Someone who has the ability to grow plants well is said to have a greenthumb, the expression comes from the early 1900. A person with greenthumb seems to have a magic touch that makes plants grow quickly and well. You might say that the woman next-door has a greenthumb, her plants seem to grow long after your plants have died.

The green revolution is the name given some year ago to the development of new kinds of rice and other grains. The new plants produced much larger crops. The green revolution was the result of hard work by argricultural scientists who had green thumbs.

 

Green is also the color used to describe the powerful emotion,jealousy. The green eye

monster is not a frightening creature from outer space; it is an expression used in 400

years ago by British writer William Shakespeare in his play "Othello". It describes the

unpleasant feeling a person has when someone has something he wants. A young man may become a green eye monster if his girlfriend is going out with someone else, or that green eye monster may affect your friend if you get a pay raise, she does not.

 

In most places in the world, a green light is a sign to rule ahead. A green light on the

traffic signal means your car can continue on. In everyday speech, a green light mean

approval to continue a project. We want you to know we have a green light to continue the seires next week.

 

This VOA special English program, words and their stories, was written by Marilyn Christiano. I'm Warren Scheer.

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