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

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Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the grapevine. That is so because reports received from the  grapevine are  supposed to be  secrets . The information is all harsh-harsh. It is  whispered  into your ear with the understanding and you  will  not pass it  on 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 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 messages over a wire by electricity. /When Morse finally completed his telegraphic 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 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  were  going in all directions. As quickly as the wires grapes grew  on .So was born the expression 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. "
You have been listening to the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. I'm Warren Scheer.
 
 
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