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

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Now the voa special english program "words and their storys".Green is an important color in nature.It is the color of grass and leaves on trees.It is also the color of most growing plants.Sometimes,the word "green" means young, fresh and growing.Sometimes it describes something that is not yet ripe or finished.For example,a green horn is someone who has no experience,who is new to a situation.In the 15th century,a green horn was a young cow or ox whose horn has not yet developed.A century or so later,a green horn was a soldier who had not yet had any experience in battle.In the 18th century a green horn had the meaning has today.A person who is new in a job.About one hunderd 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 citys **.The green horn like the **would like to live in the hard rough country.Someone who has the ability to grow plants well is said to have a green thumb.The expression comes from the early 19 hunderds.A person with a green thumb seems to have a magic touch that makes plants grow quickly and well.You might say that the woman next door 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 grains.The new plants produced much larger crops.The green revolution was the result of hard work by agricultural scientists who had green thumbs.Green is also the color used to describe the powerful emotion *.The green -eyed monster is not a fighting creature from out of space.It is an experssion used about four hunderd years ago by British writer ** in his play of **.It describes the unpleasant feeling a person has when someone has something he wants.A young may suffer from the green-eyed monster if his girlfriend begains going out with someone else,or that green-eyed monster may affect your friend of you 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.In every day speech a green light means aproval continue with the project.We want you to know we have a green light to continue the series next week.
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