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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-07-27 Words and Their Stories

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Today‘s word pan takes us back to the days of Gold Rush in California. On January 24th, 1848, a man named James Wilson Marshal discovered gold in the territory of California. The news spreaded quickly. Thousands rushed west. They traveled on foot, by horse back, and by boot to reach the gold fields. By 1849, the great Gold Rush was on.

 

Towns and cities grew over night. Through out the territory, in the mountains, along the streams and rivers, thousands of people searched for gold. They had food to eat and blankets to cover them. They also had muse to ride and picks and pans to search for gold.

 

Some found areas of mountain rock fake with gold. These men got rich. But such areas were feel and quickly claimed by the first man who find them. Others searched for gold in the rivers coming down the mountain. They were after pieces of gold at the rings that washed down from /.

 

The only way to find this gold was by pan. First a gold miner put dirt in a metal pan and added water. Then he shook the pan, so that the water would wash the dirt. Slowly, he poured the water out of the pan. If you was a lucky miner, pieces of gold would remain.

 

Across the nation, newspapers carried stories of the gold being found. One told how thousands of people climbed the mountains looking for gold. Some stories told how others followed the rivers and streams with pans. Each one hoped at the place he claimed, paned out well, had some gold.

 

For many, gold mining did not paned out. For a few, it paned out well. But in time, huge machines were built that could wash many tons of dirt at a time. Panning died out.

 

The word, however, remained in the language. Today, Americans still say, “It panned out well.” When something they have done pleased done. A business, a discovery, a simply event pans out well if it is successful. Unhappily, sometimes things do not pan out.

 

In recent years, the word pan has taken on another meaning. Today, it also means to criticize. How it got this meaning is hard to discover. But the job of a critic is to sometimes pan the work of a writer, artist or singer. Sometimes critics made pan on movie or play so severely that no one will go to see it. There are times, however, when the play became highly successful even though most of the critics panned without mercy. The pans should have washed out of the play. But as actors have put it out, sometimes a critic’s pan turns of gold.

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