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Boxing Expressions

The world of boxing gave us famous competitors like Muhammad Ali. It also gave us many expressions that we use in our everyday lives. Years ago, a boxing match would begin when a boxer threw his hat into theboxing ring the place where the fight was fought. That does not happenthese days. But if you throw your hat into the ring it does mean that you aresigning up or agreeing to do something. You will often hear this expression in the world of politics. "Is she running for mayor?" "She is. She threw her hat in the ring last week."

  


Boxing Expressions

The world of boxing gave us famous competitors like Muhammad Ali. It also gave us many expressions that we use in our everyday lives. Years ago, a boxing match would begin when a boxer threw his hat into theboxing ring the place where the fight was fought. That does not happenthese days. But if you throw your hat into the ring it does mean that you aresigning up or agreeing to do something. You will often hear this expression in the world of politics. "Is she running for mayor?" "She is. She threw her hat in the ring last week."

  


Don't Get Caught in a Catch-22

Here is a situation: You want to find work. You find a job that you think you could do well. You ask for the job, but are told you cannot have it. The reason? You have not done that job before.

That is insane, you think. I cannot get the job because I have never done the work. How can I ever do the work if I cannot get the job? And that is the catch -- Catch-22, to be exact.

The expression Catch-22 comes from the name of a book written in the 1960s by Joseph Heller. Catch-22is the story of Captain John Yossarian, an imaginary Air Force flier in Europe in the closing months of World War II. 



  


Whats the Matter?

The English language has a number of hard-working words. People use these words in many different waysand in many different expressions. One such example is the word matter. As a matter of fact, matter can mean just about anything. Whentalking about science, matter is the material orsubstance that things are made of. In fact, matter could be one of the most useful words in the English language. But that is just a matter of opinion. Actually, it is more than that. Matter is oneof those words that matter

  


Salt Is More Than a Four-Letter Word

On todays Words and Their Stories we talk about a common word, a small word, but a word that is completely necessary for human life. In fact, withoutthis simple, everyday material, all humans would die. Scientists know it as sodium chloride. We know it as salt. You may think, salt is just a simple cooking element we shake on our foodfor a little extra taste. But salt is much more than that.

  


I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Music fills the air. Colorful lights shine brightly in windows. Children and adults open gifts from loved ones and friends. These are all Christmas traditions.

Another tradition is snow. Christmas in the northern part of the world comes a few days after the start of winter. In many places, a blanket of clean white snow covers the ground on Christmas Day. This is what is meant by a White Christmas.

Of course, many places do not get snow at Christmas. In fact, they may be very warm this time of year. People who like snow, but live where it is warm, can only dream of having a white Christmas.


  


Are You in the Homeland Generation?

Soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President George W.Bush appointed a director of the Office of Homeland Security in the Whitehouse. The next year, the U.S. Congress approved a new executive-leveldepartment called the Department of Homeland Security. This departmenttook responsibility for parts of the countrys borders, transportation system,ports and other important structures.

  


Has Fate Brought Us Together?

Is it fate that brings us together today?

No, not fate. It is simply time for Words and Their Stories.

Or maybe it is fate. Maybe just this morning you said to someone, You know, I really wish VOA Learning English would do a show on the word fate.  And here we are. Now, that would be fate.

Fate is a word that can be hard to understand. Fate, to describe it simply, means that something is meant to be.



  


Let's Do Business!

There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. Imade the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit. I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign-making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs. It did not make millions of dollars in profits. And it was private. It was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market.

  


Is your Plan Sustainable?

You hear the word sustainable often in the news and in conversation. Its meaning has changed in recent years.

Sustainable is an adjective, so it usually appears before a noun. Before the 1960s and 1970s, the word usually meant bearable or defensible. Now, it also means able to last or continue for a long time.

The first record of the modern use of the word referred to sustainable growth. This is an approach tobusiness growth that can continue without creating toomany problems.



  


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