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Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.
 
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Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the grapevine.
 
That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all hush hush. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others.
 
You feel honored and excited. You are one of the special few to get this information. You cannot wait. You must quickly find other ears to pour the information into. And so, the information - secret as it is – begins to spread. Nobody knows how far.
 
The expression by the grapevine is more than one hundred years old.
 
The American inventor, Samuel F. Morse, is largely responsible for the birth of the expression. Among others, he experimented with the idea of telegraphy – sending messages over a wire by electricity. When Morse finally completed his telegraphic instrument, he went before Congress to show that it worked. He sent a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore. The message was: "What hath God wrought?" This was on May twenty-fourth, eighteen forty-four.
 
Quickly, companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seemed to be putting up poles with strings of wire for carrying telegraphic messages. The workmanship was poor. And the wires were not put up straight.
 
Some of the results looked strange. People said they looked like a grapevine. A large number of the telegraph lines were going in all directions, as crooked as the vines that grapes grow on. So was born the expression, by the grapevine.
 
Some writers believe that the phrase would soon have disappeared were it not for the American Civil War.
 
Soon after the war began in eighteen sixty-one, military commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as true reports from the battlefield. It was like a game. Was it true? Who says so?
 
Now, as in those far-off Civil War days, getting information by the grapevine remains something of a game. A friend brings you a bit of strange news. "No," you say, "it just can't be true! Who told you?" Comes the answer, "I got it by the grapevine."
 
You really cannot know how much – if any – of the information that comes to you by the grapevine is true or false. Still, in the words of an old American saying, the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes.
 
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You have been listening to the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. I'm Warren Scheer.
 
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Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the great wire. That is so because reports received from the great wire are supported to be secret. The information is all harsh-harsh. It is / into your ear with the understanding and you are not pass it to others. You feel honored and excited. You are one of the special fill to get this information. You can not wait. You must quickly find other ears to pour the information into. And so, the information, secret as it is ,begins to spread. Nobody knows how far. The expression by the great wire is more than 100 years old. The American inventor, Samuel / ,is largely responsible for the birth of this expression. Among others, he experimented with the idea of telegraphy. Sending messages over a wire by electricity. When more inspiringly completed telegraph instrument, he went for a congress to show that it worked. He sent a message over a wire from Washington to /. The message was "what have got rocked?"This was on may 24th, 1844.Quickly, companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seemed to be putting up posted, with strings of wire for carrying telegraph messages. The workman ship was poor, and the wires were not put up straight. Some of the result looked strange, people said they looked like a great wire. A large number of the telegraph lines are going in all directions. As quickly as the wires / grow on .So was born the / by the great wire. Some writers believed that the phrase would soon disappear were it not for the American civil War. Soon after the war began in 1661, military commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the great wire to describe force as well as two reports from the battlefield. It was like a game! Was it true? Who says so? Now as it goes, far of Civil War days, getting information by the great wires remained something of a game! A friend bring you a bit of strange news, "no! "you say, "It just can't be true! Who told you!"  Comes the answer, "I got it by the great wires."You really cannot know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the great wire is true or false. Still, in the word of an old American saying, "the person keeps pouring the great wires shakes down at least a few grapes. "

 

 

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Words and Their Stories

(Sunday, February 22, 2009)

 

Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.

 

Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the grapevine.

 

That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all hush hush. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others.

 

You feel honored and excited. You are one of the special few to get this information. You cannot wait. You must quickly find other ears to pour the information into. And so, the informationsecret as it isbegins to spread. Nobody knows how far.

 

The expression by the grapevine is more than one hundred years old.

 

The American inventor, Samuel F. Morse, is largely responsible for the birth of the expression. Among others, he experimented with the idea of telegraphysending messages over a wire by electricity. When Morse finally completed his telegraphic instrument, he went before Congress to show that it worked. He sent a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore. The message was: “What hath God wrought?” This was on May twenty-fourth, eighteen forty-four.

 

Quickly, companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seemed to be putting up poles with strings of wire for carrying telegraphic messages. The workmanship was poor. And the wires were not put up straight.

 

Some of the results looked strange. People said they looked like a grapevine. A large number of the telegraph lines were going in all directions, as crooked as the vines that grapes grow on. So was born the expression, by the grapevine.

 

Some writers believe that the phrase would soon have disappeared were it not for the American Civil War.

 

Soon after the war began in eighteen sixty-one, military commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as true reports from the battlefield. It was like a game. Was it true? Who says so?

 

Now, as in those far-off Civil War days, getting information by the grapevine remains something of a game. A friend brings you a bit of strange news. “No,” you say, “it just can’t be true! Who told you?” Comes the answer, “I got it by the grapevine.”

 

You really cannot know how muchif anyof the information that comes to you by the grapevine is true or false. Still, in the words of an old American saying, the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes.

 

You have been listening to the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. I’m Warren Scheer.

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words And Their Stories.


Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the grapavine.  That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all harsh harsh. It is wisper into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others. You feel honored and excited.  You are one of the special feel to get this information.  You can not wait. You must quickly find other ears to port the information into. And so, the information, secret as it is, begins to spread. Nobody knows how far.

The expression by the grapevine is more than one hundred years old.  The American inventer Sanmil Afmorce(?) is largely responsible for the birth of the expression.  Among others he // with the idea of telegraphy.  Sending messages over a while by electricity.

When Afmorce finally completed // instrument, he went before // to show that is works.  He send a message over a while from Washington to //. The messge was, what had god rot. This was on May twenty fourth eighteen fouty four.

Quickly companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Man everywhere seem to be putting up post with stream of a while for carrying telegraphy messages.  The workman ship was poor. And the wires were not put off strate.

Some of the results look strange. People said they look like a graphy. A large number of telegraph lines were going in all directions. As quicker as // that     // grow on.   

So was bond the expression by the grapevine. Some writers believe that the phrase would sooner disappeared the for it not for the American   // word.  Soon after the word began in eighteen sixty one. Milateri Comander(?) started to send battle field reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the graphy to describe false as well as true reports from the battle field.  It was like a game. Was it true? Who said so?

Now as in those far off super workday getting information by the graphy remain something on the game. A friend brings     you a battle strange //.  No, you say, it just can't be true, who told you. Comes the answer, i got it by the graphy. You really can not know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the graphy is true of false.  Still in the words of old Amrican saying, the personal keeps pulling the graphy shakes down at list a few graphs.

You have been listening to the VOA Special English Program Words And Their Stories.


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Now the VOA Special English Program Words And Their Stories.


   Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the "grapavine".  That is so because reports received through the "grapevine" are supposed to be secret. The information is all "hush" ,'hush". It was whispered into your ear with the understanding that you are not pass it on to others. You feeled honored and excited.  You are one of the special feel to get the information.  You can not wait. You must quickly to find other ears to pour the information into. And so, the information, secret as it is, begins to spread. Nobody knows how far.

The expression by the grapevine is more than 100 years old. 

 

The American inventor Sanmi F.Mores is largely responsible for the birth of the expression.  Among others ,he expolred the idea of telegraphy.  Sending messages over a wire by electricity.

When Mores finally completed his telegrahy instrument, he went before Congress to show that it  worked.He send a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore. The messge was"what had God work". This was on May 24th, 1844.

 


Quickly companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Man everywhere seem to be putting up poles with string-wire for carrying telegraphic messages.  The workmanship was poor and  wires were not put straight.

Some of the results looked strange. People say they look like a grapevine. A large number of telegraph lines were going in all directions. As quicked as the vines that grapes grow on.   

So was bone the expression by the grapevine. Some writers believe that the phrase would sooner disappeared will not for American civil war .Soon after the civil war began in 1861,Military  Commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraphy. People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as true reports from the battle field.  It was like a game. Was it true? Who said so?

Now, as in those far off civil war days, getting information by the grapevine remain something of a game. A friend brings you a bit of strange news ."No", you say, "it just can't be true, who told you?". Comes the answer, "i got it by the grapevine". You can not know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the grapevine is true of false.  Still, in the words of old Amrican saying, the person who  keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down atleast a few grapes.

You have been listening to the VOA Special English Program Words And Their Stories.

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Now the VOA Special English Program, Words and Their Stories

Some of the most exciting information comes by the way of the grapevine. That is so because reports receive through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all hush, hush. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others.

 

You feel honoured and excited. You are one of the special few to get this information. You can not wait. You must quickly find other ears to pull the information into. And so the information secret as it is begins to spread. Nobody knows how far. The expression by the grapevine is more than one hundred years old.

 

The American Inventor Samuel F. Morse is largely responsible for the birth of the expression. Among others, he experimented with the idea of telegraphy, sending messages over a wire by electricity. When Morse finally completed his telegraphic instrument, he went before congress to show that it worked. He sent a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore. That message was what have God wrought. This was on May 4th, 1844.

 

Quickly, company began to build telegraph lines from one place to other. Men everywhere seemed to be putting up poles with strings of wire for carrying telegraphic messages. The workmanship was poor. And wires were not put up straight. Some of the result looked strange. People said that they looked like a grapevine. A large number of the telegraph lines were going in all the directions as crooked as the vines that grapes grow on.

 

So was born the expression by the grapevine. Some writers believed that the phrase would soon be disappeared were not for the America Civil War. Soon after the war began in 1861, military commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as true reports from the battle field. It was like a game. Was it true, who says so?

 

Now, as in those far off Civil War days, getting information by the grapevine remains something of game. A friend rings you a bit of strange news. No, you say. It just can’t be true. Who told you? Comes the answer, I got it by the grapevine. You really can not know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the grapevine is true or false. Still in the words of an American saying, the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes.

 

You have been listening to the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. I’m Warren Scheer.

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Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the grapevine. That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all harsh harsh. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others. You feel hornored and excited.You are one of the special few to get this information.You can not wait.You must quickly find the other ears to pour the information into.And so the information secret as it is begins to spread.Nobody knows how far .The expression by the Grapevine is more than one hundred years old.The American inventor Semule F Mores is largely responsable for the birth of the expression.Among others,he experimented with the idea of telegraphy.Sending messages over a wire by electricity.when Mores finally completed his telegraphic instrument,he went before Congress to show that it worked.He sent a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore.The message was "what hath God wrought".This was on May 24th,1844.Quickly companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seemed to be putting up poles with strings of wire for carrying telegraphic messages.The workmanship was poor and the wires were not put up straight.Some of the results looked strange.People said they looked like a grapevine.A large number of the telegraphic lines were going in all directions.As crooked as the vines that grapes grow up.So was born the expression by the grapevine.Some writers believed that the phrase would soon have disapeared were not for the American Civil War.Soon after the war began in 1861,relactory commetors started to send battle fied reports by telegraph.People began hearing the phase by the grapevine to discribe false as well as true report from the battle field.It was like a game.Was it true?Who says so? "Now as in those far-off civil war days,getting information by the Grapevine remain something of the game"a friend brings you a bit of srange news."no",you say ,"it just can't be true!who told you?"comes the answer"I got it by the grapevine"you really can not know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the Grapevine is true or false.Still ,in the words of an old American saying "the person who keeps pulling the Grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes" You have been listening to the Voa special English programe,words and stories.I'm warren sheer.
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now,the VOA Special English Program,words and their stories. Some of the most exciting information comes by a way of the great vine. That is so because reports receive through the great vine are supposed to be secret. The information is all hash hash.It is wisperd into your ear with the understading at you were not pass it on to others.You feel honored and excited.You are one of the special few to get this information.You cannot wait .You must quickly find other ear to pour the information into it.And so the information seret as it is begins to spead .Nobody knows how far. the expression by the great vine is more than 100 years old. the American inventor is*** largely responsible for the birth of the expression.among others , he *with the idea of *sending messages over the wire by electricity. when mors finally compeleted his telegraph instrument.he went b congress to show that it is worked . he sent a message over a wire from Washinton to **the message was what has god wrot.this was on may 24 1844. quickly companies began to build telegraph lines from先这么多吧
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Now the Voa Special English Programe, Words and Their Stories.

Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the "grapevine". That is so because reports received through the "grapevine" are supported to be secret. The information is all harsh-harsh. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding and you are not pass it on to others. You feel honored and excited. You are one of the special few to get this information. You can not wait. You must quickly find other ears to pour the information into. And so, the information,secret as it is ,begins to spread. Nobody knows how far.

The expression by the grapevine is more than 100 years old. The American inventor, Samuel / ,is largely responsible for the birth of the expression. Among others, he experimented with the idea of telegraphy. Sending messages over a wire by electricity. When more inspiringly completed telegraph instrument, he went for a congress to show that it worked. He sent a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore. The message was "what have God worked?"This was on may 24th, 1844.Quickly, companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seemed to be putting oppose, with strings of wire for carrying telegraph messages. The workmanship was poor, and the wires were ot put up straight. Some of the results looked strange, people said they looked like a grapevine. A large number of the telegraph lines were going in all directions. As quickly as the vine's grapes grow on .So was born the expression by the grapevine. Some writers believed that the phrase would soon disappear were it not for the American civil War. Soon after the war began in 1861, military commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe force as well as two reports from the battlefield. It was like a game! Was it true? Who says so?

Now as it goes, far of Civil War days, getting information by the grapevine remained something of a game! A friend bring you a bit of strange news, "no! "you say, "It just can't be true! Who told you!"  Comes the answer, "I got it by the grapevine."You really cannot know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the grapevine is true or false. Still, in the words of an old American saying, "the person keeps pouring the grapevines shakes down at least a few grapes. "

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HOMEWORK Some of the most exiting information comes by way of the grapevine. That is so because reports receive to the grapevine suppose to be secrets. The information is all harsh harsh. It is whisper into your ear, with the understanding you were not pass on to others. You feel honered an dexited. You are one of the special feel to get this information, you can not wait, you must quickly find other ears to pour the information into. And so the information, secret as it is, begin to spread. Nobody knows how far. The expresstion by the grapevine were more than 100 years old. The American inventor Sami Afmous is largely responsible for the birth of the expression. Amoung others, he expriment it with the idea of telegraph. Sending messages, over a wire by electricity. When Afmous finally completely his telegraph instrument, he went before congress to show thar it worked. He sent a meesage over a wire from Washington to Botomour. The message was what have god rocks. This was on May 24th 1844, quickly copyness began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seem to be putting a / with strange wire for carrying /graphic messages. The workmenship was poor, and wires were not put out straight. Some of the results look strange, people said they look like a great fine. A large number of the telegrah lines were going in all directions. As / as the line /grapes grow on, so was born the expression by grapevine. Some writers believe that the phrase with soon no disapeared were not far the American Civil War. Soon after the war began in 1961. relecarry commander s started to send battle field reports by telegraph. People began hearing the freeze by the grapevine to describe faulse as while as the true result from the battle field. It was like a game. What is true? Who said so? Now as in those far off civil war days, getting information by the grapevine remain something of a game. A friend brings you a bit of strange news. "No!"you say"It just can`t be true! Who told you?", comes to the answer "I got it by the grapevine!". You really can not know how much if information that comes to you by the grapevine is true faulse. Still in the words of an old American saying " the personal keeps pouring the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes."

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Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.

 

Some of the most exciting information comes by way of grapevine. Thats so because reports received through the grapevine are suppose to be secret. The information is all hush, hush. It is whispered into your ear with your understanding that you will not pass it on to others, You feel honoured and excited,you are one of the special few to get this information. You can not wait,you must quickly find other ears to pour the information into. And so the information, secret as it is, begins to spread. Nobody knows how far. The expression by the grapevine is more than 100 years old.

 

The American inventor, Samuel.F. Morse, is largely responsible for the birth of the expression.Among others he experimented with the idea of telegraphy,sending a message over a wire by electricity.When Morse finally completed his telegraph instrument,he went before Congress to show that it worked.He sent a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore,the message was : What hath God wrought. This was on May. 24th. 1844.

 

Quickly companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another.Men everywhere seemed to be putting up poles with strings of wire for carrying telegraphy messages. The workmanship was poor, and wires were not putted up straight. Some of the results looked strange,people said they looked like a grapevine. A large number of grapevines lines were going all directions as crooked as vines that grapes grow on. So was born the expression by the grapevine.

 

Some writters believe that the phrase would soon disappeared were not for the American Civil War.

 

Soon after the war began in 1861, military commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as the true reports around the battlefield. It was like a game,was it true? Who says so?

 

Now as in those far-off civil war days,getting information by the grapevine remain something other game.A friend brings a bit of strange news."No"you say "It just cannot be true,who told you"come the answer I got it by the grapevine.You really cannot know how much if any of information that comes to you by the grapevine is true or false.Still in the olds of American saying,the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes.      

 

  

 

 

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now the voa special english program words and their stories some of the most exciting information comes by a way of the grapevine that is so because reports receive through the grapevine are supposed to be secret the informations is all hush hush it is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will pass it on to others you feel honored and excited you are the one of the special few to get this informaiton. you cannot wait. you must quickly find other ears to report(pour) the information into and so the information secret as it is begins to spread nobody knows how far the expression by the grapevine is more than 100 years old the american inventor, Samul F Morse. is largely responsible for the birth of the expression. among others, he exprimented with idea of telegraphy sending message over a wire by electricity when Morse finaly completed his telegraphic instrument he went before congress to show that it work he sent a message over a wire from Washington to Baltimore the messege was what hath God wrought this was on may, 24th, 1844 quickly companies began to build telegraph lines from onr place to another men everywhere seemed to be putting up polls(poles) with strings of wire for carrying telegraphic messege the workmanship was poor and the wires were not put up straight some of the results looked strange people said they look like a grapevine a large number of telegraphy lines were going in all directions as quick(crooked) as the vines that grapes grow on so was born the expression by the grapevine some writers believe that the phrase will soon disapear were it not for the american civil war soon after the war began in 1861 millitary commanders started to battlefield report by telegraph people began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as true report s from battle feild. it was like a game was it true who say so now as in those far of civile war days getting information by the grapevine remain something of the game a friend bring you a bit of strange news no you say it just can't be true who told you come the answer i got it by the grapevine you really know how much if any of informaiton that come to you by grapevine is true or false still in the words of american saying the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes
Truth  is stranger than fiction, because fiction is obliged to stick to possibility. Truth isn't.

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Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the grapevine. That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all hush hush. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others. You feel honored and excited. You are one of the special few to get this information. You cannot wait. You must quickly find other ears to pour the information into. And so, the information, secret as it is , begins to spread. Nobody knows how far the expression by the grapevine is more than one hundred years old.

 

The American inventor, Samuel F. Morse, is largely responsible for the birth of the expression. Among others, he experimented with the idea of telegraphy, sending messages over a wire by electricity. When Morse finally completed his telegraphic instrument, he went before Congress to show that it worked. He sent a message over a wire from Washington to B. The message was: "What hath God wrought?" This was on May 24th, 1844. Quickly, companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seemed to be putting up poles with strings of wire for carrying telegraphic messages. The workmanship was poor. And the wires were not put up straight. Some of the results looked strange. People said they looked like a grapevine. A large number of the telegraph lines were going in all directions, as crooked as the vines that grapes grow on.

 

So was born the expression, by the grapevine. Some writers believe that the phrase would soon have disappeared were it not for the American Civil War. Soon after the war began in 1861, military commanders started to send battlefield reports by telegraph. People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as true reports from the battlefield. It was like a game. Was it true? Who says so?

 

Now, as in those far-off Civil War days, getting information by the grapevine remains something of a game. A friend brings you a bit of strange news. "No," you say, "it just can't be true! Who told you?" Comes the answer, "I got it by the grapevine." You really cannot know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the grapevine is true or false. Still, in the words of an old American saying, the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes.

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Still, in the words of an old American saying, the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes. Who can tell me what's the meaning of this sentense? Thanks a lot!
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