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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 Stories.

 

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 right or finished.For example,a greenhorn is someone who has no experience,who is new to the situation.

 

In the 15th century,a greenhorn was young cow or ox whose horn had not developed.A century or so later,a greenhorn was a soldier who had not yet any experience in battle.By the 18th century,a greenhorn had the meaning it has today,a person who is new in the job.

 

About one hundred years ago,greenhorn was a popular expression in the American west.Old-timers used it to describe the man who had just arrived from one of the big cities that east.A greenhorn lacked the skills has was need to live in a hard rough country.

 

Someone to 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 nextdoor 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 produce much larger crops,the green revolution was the result of hard work by agricultural scientists who had green thumbs.

 

Green is also the color use to describe the powerful emotion,jealousy.A greenlight monster is not the ____(unknown word) from the outer space.It is the expression used about four hundred years ago by British writer William Shakespare in his play of ______(the name of one play which is written by him ).

 

It is described in unpleasant feeling a person has when someone has something he wants.A young man may suffer from the greenlight monster if his girlfriend begins going out with someone else.Or that greenlight monster may affect your friend if you get the pay raise and she does not.

 

In most places in the world,a greenlight is the sign to move ahead.A greenlight on the traffic signal means your car can continue on.In everyday speech,a greenlight means approval to continue with the project.We want you to know we have a greenlight to continue the series next week.

 

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