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[word-lover] Words and Their Stories 2009-02-22

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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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