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

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now the voa special english programme,words and their stories.some of the exciting information come by the way of grapevine.that was so because reports received through the grape vine are supposed to be secret.the information is all hush hush.it is wispered 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 the information.you can not wait ,you quickly find other people to pour this information into.so the information ,secret as it is ,begin to spread.nobody knows how far.the expression, by the grapevine is more than 100 years old.the american inventor,is largely responsible for the birth of this expression.among others, he experited with the idea of telegraphy,sending messege over a wire by electricity.when morse finally completed his telegrathy instrument ,he finished he went to the congress to show it is worked.he sent a message from a wire from washington to potmore???the messege was what has god rock,this was on may 24th,1844.quickly, companies to buid wires from place to another.men everywhere seemed to be putting up poles with strings of wire for carrying telegraphic messeges.the wormenship was poor,and wire was not put straight,some of the results looked strange,people saied that looked like grapevine,a number of telegraphic lines were going in all directions as ??as the vines that the grapes grow on.so was born the expression by the grapevine.some writers belived that phrase would soon disappear,??? american civil war.soon after the war began in 1861,military commanders started to send battle fiels reports by telegraph people began hearing the phrase by the gragevine to describe faulse as well as true reports from the battle fields.it was like a game, was it true ,who said so .now as in those ?far of ?civil war days,getting information by the grape vine remains something of a game .a friend ??you ??news.no ,you said ,it just can not be true ,who told you .comes the answer, i got it by the grapevine.we can not know whether the information that comes through the grapevine is true or faulse.still, in the words of old american saying the personal keeps pooling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes.you
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