13 September 2009

Vocabulary In the News : 12 September 2009 – Chicago Tribune

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- The top article states that Obama is passing the torch to his wife to represent the Chicago next month in Copenhagen where the Olympic Committee will vote on which city hosts the 2016 Olympic Games. The expression comes from the ancient Greek torch race where a runner would pass a lighted torch to the next. If you pass the torch to someone, this means you pass on responsibility to someone. Look at these sentences:

When the company’s founder became to ill, he passed the torch to his son.

When Obama was inaugurated as president, Bush passed him the torch of the presidency.

- The First Lady’s leading the delegation to Copenhagen to make a final pitch for Chicago’s candidacy for the 2016 Games. A pitch is the things you say in order to persuade someone to buy something. Salesmen and publicity advertisements use pitches to convince you to buy something. When you go to a job interview, you make a pitch for a job.

- Mrs. Obama is hoping that delegation’s pitch will help Chicago land the the Olympic Games. If you land a job, you obtain the job that you wanted. In this case, Chicago wants to host the 2016 Games. If the committee votes in favor of Chicago, the city will have landed the Games. Let’s keep our  fingers crossed!

To read the article : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-obama-olympics-12-sep12,0,2337639.story

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