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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 Story.
   Green is an important colour in nature.It is the colour of grass and leaves on trees.It is also the colour of most growing plants.
   Sometimes the word green means young,flesh and growing.Sometimes it discribes 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 fifteenth century,a green horn was a young cow or ox whose horns had not yet developed.A century or so later,a green horn was a soldier who had not yet had any experience in battle.By the eighteenth century,a green horn had the meaning it has today,a person who is new in the jod.About one hundred years ago,green horn was a popular expression in the American west.Old timers used it to discribe a man who had just arrived from one of the big cites that east.The  green horn lacked the skills he would need 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 1900.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 grown 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 nem plants produced much larger crops.Green revolution was the result of a hard work by agricultural scientists who had green thumb.
  Creen is also the colour used to discribe a powerful emotion jealousy.The green-eyed monster is not a frightening creature from outer space.It is an expression used about 400 years ago by British wrtiter William Shakesphere in his play of ***.It discribes an unpleasant feeling of a person has when someone has something he wants.A young man may suffer from the green-eyed monster if his girlfriend begins going out with someone else.All that green-eyed monster may affect your friend if you get a pay raise and she does not.
  In most places in world, a green light is a sign to move ahead.A green light on a trafic signal means your car can continue on.In everyday speech,a green light means approval to continue with a project.We want you to know we have a green light to continue this series next week.

  This VOA Special English program ,Words and Their Stories,was written by Marilyn Christiano.I'm Warren Scheer.   

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