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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2016-05-22

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2016-05-22

Now, the VOA Learning English Program, Worlds and Their Stories.

There are so many expressions in the American English. That sound pleasant, but they are not. Face the music is a good example. When someone says they have to face the music it does not mean they are going to a music performance or concert.


Facing the music means to accept the unpleasant results of the action. Americans often use the word face in this way. For example I can't face another night of camping. It's cold and raining. Or in life it is important to face your fears. Face used in this way is very common, but now back to facing the music.


Imagine a friend asked you to take care of her beautiful red sport car. She gives to you the keys and says thanks so much for watching my car while I am way. But pls do not drive it. It is an extremely fast car and you are not on that insurance.


But you do not listen you want to show off to some friends and pretend the car is yours. So you drived it around town one night as bad luck would have it, you lose control of the car and drived it into a stop sign. The damage is server when your friend returns you must tell her what you have done. And face the music, the music here is the consequents or results of your actions.


It could be losing her friendship or paying for repairs to race sports car or both. Whatever the music is, you must face it.


Most Americans know this expression face the music, it is more than 150 years old. As with many expressions, its history is not clear.



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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2016-05-22

As with many expressions it's history is not clear. In 1851, the writer James Cooper reportedly explained face the music as the theory term. In the thertre the orgstral often sits in front of the stage.

So actors come on stage facing the musicians. Many actors are very nervous. A condition called stage frate. They may want to run away. Face the music came to mean excepting stage freight and not surroundering to it.


Word experts also say face the music may have come from the malitery. A solider who did something terrible could be full stote of the house cabery. The army drummers would play a slow sad beat, the solider would be carred away sited the backwood on the house and facing the music of the drummers humility.


There are other American expressions that mean the same thing as facing the music. To take the medicine means to accept the results from something bad you have done.


And if someone says you made you bad no lie in it.they mean you creat a bad situation and now you will expencience the results.


Or as we say in spoken American English you must deal with it. Pay the paper also means the same as face the music. But that expression has its own interesting beginning. We will talk about on another words in their stories.

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