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Kick: This Is an Idea Worth Kicking Around

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Marilyn Rice Christiano 2007-10-27 Now, the VOA Special English program,

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2007-10-27

now, the voa special english program, words and their stories.

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from birth to death, the word kick has been given an important part in expressing human experience. the proud and happy mother feels the first signs of life kicking inside her womb. and that same life -- many years later -- comes to its end in a widely-used expression, to kick the bucket, meaning to die.

the expression to kick the bucket is almost two hundred years old. one belief is that it started when an english stableman committed suicide by hanging himself while standing on a pail, or bucket. he put a rope around his neck and tied it to a beam in the ceiling, and then kicked the bucket away from under him.

after a while, to die in any way was called kicking the bucket.

another old expression that comes from england is to kick over the traces, meaning to resist the commands of one's parents, or to oppose or reject authority. traces were the chains that held a horse or mule to a wagon or plow. sometimes, an animal rebelled and kicked over the traces.

the word kick sometimes is used to describe a complaint or some kind of dissatisfaction. workers, for example, kick about long hours and low pay.

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