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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 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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