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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2009-03-29

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Susan Cleveland is a young president of a candy company in Chicargo.Her father began the company in the 1960s.He died three years ago.Now the company belongs to Susan. Many of her father’s employees were concered when Susan to control. Susan’s fahter had worked many years for other candy companies before starting this one. He had known a great deal about the business. Susan, however,did not have any jobs before becoming had this company. She had just finished the college. The employees become even more concered during Susan’s first month on the job.
Mr. Cleveland has been a strong leader but Susan made many employees to make own decisions. One employee said,old Mr Cleveland always told us what to do. He kept people on a short leash but the company got well. What does a short leash mean? A short leash is a kind of rope, we use a leash to walk our pet dog. The leash keeps the dog from running away or getting in the troubel. Keeping a person on a short leash means keeping him or her under close control. The person can not make any decisions for himself or herself. Word expert Jim Rogers found the similar saying used more than four hundred years ago. In fifteen sixties, writer Thomas Dickens said in a religious book. "For God have them in leash, yeah, they are his slaves".
  Miss Cleveland does not keep her works on a short leash. Instead, she urges them to create a better way to do business. For example, her secretary proposed an idea. She said the company should give a prize to the best student in a high school near the factory. The winner could use the prize money to study in an unniversity. Miss Clvevland approved the idea. After the prize was annouced, people who lived in the area of the factory began to buy more of the company’s candy. Local newspapers wrote about the competition, business improved. Misss Cleveland make her secretary the company’s first director of the public relation. The former secretary is very pleased, she said,’My old job had become Mickey Mouse, now I have much more creative one’.
Mickey Mouse, of course is a Walt Disney’s famous animal drawn from movies,televisions and          comic picture books.But what does the mouse have to do with the job? In modern speech anything that is Mickey Mouse is unimportant. Many word experts said the new meaning came from the United States Navy. The navy had special school for new sailors who did not cooperate. It was called MIC,short for military indoctrination center. Sailors began to say the rules, which didi not seem important,were MIC. Over time MIC become Mickey Mouse, something that lackes meaning.
  This words and their stories was written by Jerilyn Watson, I’m Susan Clark.
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