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

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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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