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When Do We 'Eat Crow?'

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A captive Hawaiian crow using a stick tool to extract food from a wooden log is shown in this image released on Sept. 14, 2016. (Courtesy Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Global)
 
A captive Hawaiian crow using a stick tool to extract food from a wooden log is shown in this image released on Sept. 14, 2016. (Courtesy Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Global)

 


Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this show, we explore the origins and usage of expressions we use in every day American English

Okay, nobody likes to be wrong. But when it turns out that we are, in fact, wrong, the best thing to do is admit it.

For some reason, in American English when we need to admit that we are wrong, we usually eat something. For example, admitting a mistake often requires that we swallow our pride. The expression means that we must forget ourselves in order to repair the damage our mistake has done.

That's right. Or, let’s say you are bragging about something you can do. But it turns out you can't. If you claim that something is true when it isn't, you may have to eat your own words.

Now, normally eating is a good thing and eating pie is even better. Blackberry, apple and pumpkin pie are all quite delicious. However, one pie that tastes awful is humble pie. When you eat humble pie you have to admit you are wrong. You, in a way, have to eat humility, which according to this expression does not taste very good.

Sometimes when we offer a challenge, we make a bet. We may use the phrase, "If I'm wrong, I'll eat my hat." This is a way of saying, "There's no way I'm wrong." In many old American films and television shows, this phrase is used as a joke. And the joke is always the same: someone, proven wrong, shakes salt on his hat as he pretends to eat it.

Okay, so swallowing pride, eating words and humble pie, or even eating one’s hat are all fairly easy to understand -- kind of.

But what about eating crow? Why is eating crow a way of admitting you're wrong?

Some language experts say this expression comes from English writer Rudyard Kipling. Kipling uses an image of eating crow in his 1885 short story "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes."

Morrowbie Jukes was a European colonist in India. While traveling one day, he falls into a sand pit and cannot escape. Another man, a native Indian, is also trapped in the same sand pit. The Indian man stays alive by catching wild crows and eating them. Morrowbie is full of pride as he yells, "I shall never eat crow!"

However, days pass and he has eaten nothing. Hungry and facing certain death, he finally does what he swore loudly he wouldn't do -- eat crow.

Often people have to eat crow when they make very bold, repeated public statements that turn out to be false. Not just individuals – the media sometimes has to do it, too.

That's right. In 1948, then-president Harry Truman was campaigning against Thomas Dewey. The Washington Post newspaper predicted over and over that Dewey would win. The newspaper was wrong.

After the election, they sent this telegram to the winner, President Truman:

"You Are Hereby Invited To A ‘Crow Banquet’ To Which This Newspaper Proposes To Invite Newspaper Editorial Writers, Political Reporters And Editors, Including Our Own, Along With Pollsters, Radio Commentators And Columnists ... Main Course Will Consist Of Breast Of Tough Old Crow En Glace. (You Will Eat Turkey.)"

The Washington Post wasn't the only newspaper that had to eat crow. Here, Truman U.S. President Harry S. Truman holds up an Election Day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov. 1948.
The Washington Post wasn't the only newspaper that had to eat crow. Here, Truman U.S. President Harry S. Truman holds up an Election Day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov. 1948.

 

Now, let's hear some of these expressions in a short story.

Four friends live in a small town. Their favorite thing to do together is to play basketball together. One of them, Lane, is new to town. He's really good at basketball and lets everyone know. His friends warn him that if he keeps bragging, he will soon have to eat his words. But he doesn't listen.

"If anyone in this small town beats me on the court, I'll eat my hat!"

Lane was always betting like that. He really thought no one could beat him at basketball.

One night after shooting hoops all day, the four friends find themselves in a mom-and-pop restaurant for dinner. As Lane brags about how great he had played that day, the owner of the restaurant comes over with their food. He's very tall, but walks slowly and his back is stooped. His strong hands are spotted with age.

Hearing their conversation, the old man smiles. "I used to shoot a lot when I was younger,” he remembers fondly. “It's quite a game!"

The friends agree with him. They have a great conversation with the old man about how basketball has changed over the years.

Lane, however, is upset. No one is talking about his victory on the court that day.

But then he lets his pride get the better of him.

"Well, old man, it's nice that you played once. But basketball is a game for young people like me!"

"That's the truth," the old man laughs. "My tired old legs could never go up and down the court the way they used to."

"Yeah, restaurant work is more suited to an older person."

Lane says "older person" as if it were a bad word. Lane's friends sink down in their seats, embarrassed at his behavior. The old man just smiles. He stands up straighter and clears his throat loudly to get everyone's attention.

"Well, there is one thing that I can still do quite well. I can shoot a mean free-throw!"

He points at Lane and adds, "In fact, I might even beat you, young man."

Lane laughs at this. His friends, who know the old man better than Lane, say nothing. They simply sit there, smiling, as Lane invites the old man to a friendly free-throw competition the next day.

"If you beat me at free throws, I'll ..." Lane pauses, not knowing what to bet.

The owner thinks of it for him.

"If you lose, you must wait tables in my restaurant for a week."

Lane agrees to the bet and they shake on it. They arrange to meet at the basketball court the next day at noon. Word about the challenge gets around quickly. The town is that small. At the appointed time, spectators fill the seats around the basketball court.

The rules of the competition are simple. The one to make the most free-throw shots in a row wins. Lane goes first. He makes 24 excellent free-throw shots. But he misses his 25th throw.

"Beat that!" he yells, throwing the basketball at the old man.

The old man picks up the ball and walks slowly over to the free throw line. The restaurant owner sinks shot after shot, all of them perfect.

The old man is still shooting to the roar of the crowd when Lane leaves the court with his tail between his legs. In the end, the old man made a total of 63 perfect free-throws – a new court record!

At first Lane is too embarrassed to go into the restaurant. But finally, he swallows his pride and apologizes to the old man. The old man graciously gives Lane an apron, then watches as the young man waits on his first customer.

As most of the people eating at the restaurant knew about the bet, Lane has to eat crow every time he takes an order. And then he eats massive crow when his friends come into the restaurant. They give him a really hard time!

Soon, though, Lane is having fun talking about basketball with the old man. When Lane tells his friends how much the old man knows about basketball, they aren't surprised at all.

"Yeah, we tried to tell you that. But you wouldn't listen. That old man was a college basketball star and even played for a professional team."

"Well, you could've told me that before I challenged him!" Lane throws a towel at his friends.

"You needed to eat some humble pie. Your bragging was really getting on our nerves! Speaking of pie, waiter," one friend says, "I'll take the peach pie for dessert."

After the third day, Lane and the old man decide to meet every evening after work to shoot hoops together.

"On one condition," says the old man.

"You name it," answers Lane.

"Please stop waiting tables in my restaurant. You're really bad and I'm losing customers."

And that's the end of this Words and Their Stories. How do you admit you're wrong in your language?

Do you eat crow? Or just your hat? Let us know or simply practice these expressions in the Comments Section!

I'm Bryan Lynn and I'm Anna Matteo.

 

Anna Matteo wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.

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Words in This Story

 

admit – v. to say usually in an unwilling way that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something)

brag – v. to talk about yourself, your achievements, your family, etc., in a way that shows too much pride

colonist – n. a person who helps to create a colony

shoot hoops - slang : playing basketball

mom-and-pop – adj. owned and run by a married couple or by a small number of people

stooped – adj. (of a person) having the head and shoulders habitually bent forward.

fondly – adv. in a loving way

mean – adj. chiefly US, informal : excellent or impressive

spectator – n. a person who watches an event, show, game, activity, etc., often as part of an audience

roar – n. a loud continuous confused sound

graciously – adv. to do something with kindness and courtesy

massive – adj. large in amount or degree

to get on someone's nerves - slang : to annoy someone a lot

with his tail between his legs – informal phrase : with a feeling of being embarrassed or ashamed especially because one has been defeated

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Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Akha women get into the New Year swing

Travel log August 12, 2017 07:00

See this colourful and fascinating hilltribe festival throughout the months of August and September in Thailand’s northern-most province of Chiang Rai.

The Akha Swing Festival 2017 in Chiang Rai is one of the most interesting cultural rituals in the Thailand Events Calendar. It normally takes place in the rainy month of August to celebrate life and the fertility of the coming harvest season.

The Akha Swing Festival is one of the most important annual festivals for the Akha hilltribe people in Chiang Rai province. The objective of the festival is to commemorate the goddess of fertility, celebrate the abundant crops waiting to be harvested in the rainy season, and also to honour the Akha women. The Swing Festival is also regarded as the ‘Women’s New Year’ for the Akha and all the village women will be looking forward to joining this important ceremony.

For the Akha women, the Swing Festival offers the opportunity for them to wear the costumes and the ornaments they have spent all year making, and to show that they are becoming older and of marriageable age. The festival features sacred rituals, celebrations and dances held to pay respect to the ancestors as well as to enjoy and welcome the harvest seasons.

Highlight of the Akha Swing Festival is when the women fly on the giant swing made of bamboo and wood and they would ride back and forth at terrifying heights, often at the edge of cliffs. As they fly into the air, they would be singing, laughing, screaming, and reciting Akha verses and expect the heavens to answer their call for a good harvest and a promising future. The event is full of energy and tribal music. Visitors are welcome to witness this exotic festival.

The festival takes place during August and September, winding up on September 30 at the Center for Social Development Unit 12, Akha Village, Chiang Rai. For further information, contact the TAT Office in Chiang Rai on Tel. 0 5371 7433.

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10,000 are expected to come for Yingluck ruling

politics August 13, 2017 01:00

By KASAMAKORN CHANWANPEN 
THE SUNDAY NATION

RED-SHIRT activists expect to see up to 10,000 supporters of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders on August 25 despite strong security measures and the government’s advice against such a gathering.

They said the supporters were expected to travel to the court by themselves and in the smallest groups possible to avoid security checks. But they maintained that they had not heard of any organised mobilisation, noting that those red-shirts at the forefront of the protest movement were under close scrutiny by the authorities.

On August 25, the Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver its verdict on Yingluck, who is charged with negligence and malfeasance for allegedly failing to prevent corruption in the implementation of her government’s flagship rice-pledging scheme. 

During the course of the court trial, more and more people turned up to help boost the fomer PM’s morale. On the final hearing days and when Yingluck made her closing statement, huge crowds gathered around the court.

It took her more than half an hour to walk about 20 metres to enter the court building past the massive cheering crowd as supporters tried to hand Yingluck flowers and reach out for a handshake or a hug.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has toughened security measures and called on people to not show up at the court, citing security reasons.

A red-shirt leader from Ratchaburi province, Pongsak Phusitsakul, confirmed that most activists, including those at provincial level, are being watched closely by security officers.

 Especially now that Yingluck’s judgement day is close, activists are being constantly visited by the authorities.

“But they never told us directly not to go. They just came for a chat, asking whether we will go and with how many people,” he said. “In a way, this kind of discourages some of us. It worries some people that maybe if we go, we will get into trouble.”

Pongsak said he believed that a large number of supporters would turn up and show their strong support for Yingluck.

“People will find a way to go, I think. There are some hurdles, such as the intimidation of drivers of the passenger vans we want to rent. So, we have to find other alternatives,” the red-shirt leader said. “And they might have to drop us a little farther from the court to avoid security officers.”

This means supporters would have to travel in smaller groups, he said, adding that organising any mass mobilisation would be nearly impossible because of all these difficulties.

Anurak Janetawanich, a Samut Prakan-based red-shirt activist who is better known as “Ford, the red path”, said that he anticipated a vast crowd at the court on August 25 – much larger than that seen earlier this month when Yingluck gave her closing statement.

“Although the NCPO has warned against this, a lot of people will still go. Ten thousand, I think, is possible,” Ford told The Nation. 

“People are accustomed to all these security measures. We know their procedures and are well aware of what we can and cannot do. For example, we are not allowed to hold protest banners. We all understand that.”

Ford said that he would go alone on judgement day. Some fellow red-shirts he was in contact with would also go in small groups, he said.

“Everyone is aware of the security measures. So, mostly they will travel in a private car or may use public transportation such as the train or bus,” the activist said. “And we won’t wear red shirts, which could draw attention.”

Ford said he had not heard of any plans to organise people to travel en masse, especially since activists are under close watch and constantly visited. “Maybe there is, but not that I know of,” he said, adding it is safer for supporters to travel on their own rather than in a big group.

Weng Tojirakarn, a key leader of the umbrella red-shirt group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, also denied that red-shirt leaders had any plan to mobilise people. 

People would show up on their own to support Yingluck despite the NCPO’s warning, he said. “The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest,” he added.

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August 13, 2017

 

 

 

 



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