Now, the VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR
Today we tell about the
expression, "apple pie order." It means
in perfect order, very well organized.
is sure where and when the expression apple pie order began. Some say that Scottish and English writers
used the expression a long time ago.
Others say it first was used in the northeastern American states known
as New England.
housewives of New England cut their apples in even slices. Then they filled pie pans with them in an
organized way, row upon row. As one
writer said, the women of New England loved to have everything in its
place. This perhaps explains why it
generally is believed that the expression apple-pie order began in New England.
Another old expression describes the opposite condition
– wild disorder. That expression is
apple of discord. It comes from ancient
myth says that all the gods and goddesses were sitting around the table to
celebrate the marriage of Thetis and Peleus.
One of the goddesses, Discord, was a troublemaker. She threw a golden apple on the table to be
given as a prize to the most beautiful goddess.
was not an easy decision to make. How
could they choose among Juno, Minerva and Venus.
Paris was given the task of deciding.
He decided to give the golden apple to Venus. Juno and Minerva were very angry and
threatened him. This, the myth says,
began the long Trojan war.
one time, the tomato was called a love apple.
That was a mistake. This is how
the mistake happened.
In the sixteenth century, Spain imported the tomato from
South America after Spanish explorers had landed there. Spain then exported the tomato to
Morocco. Italian traders carried it on
to Italy. The Italian name for the
tomato was pomo di Moro – apple of the Moors.
French growers imported it from Italy, they thought di Moro meant d'amour, the
French word for love. And so pomo di
Moro became the apple of love.
believe many things about the apple. One
belief is that it has great powers of keeping people healthy. A very common expression is "An apple a day
keeps the doctor away."
belief is based on fact. The expression
is "One rotten apple spoils the barrel."
When an apple begins to go bad, it ruins all the other apples around it
in the container. The expression has
come to mean that one bad person in a group can cause everyone to act bad.
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program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. I'm Warren
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Discord as a Greek god; she was a goddess.