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A PHRASE MAKING SENSE - OR DOES IT?

The phrase I am talking about is "still is working like new"

Why do we say that? A friend of mine, for example, drives a seventeen year old Chevy which rattles nicely down the street, blowing blue smoke out the exhaust and shows the sign of aging with a dozen of rust spots. I asked him the other day when he is going to buy a “decent” car. His reply was a laconic “It’s still working like new”. I did not think so, but kept my mouth shut, knowing how proud my friend is of this "clunker".

I caught myself using this phrase not too long ago. I was telling a story about a mishap happening to my computer when it was taking a shower when somebody spilled a glass of liquid right on the keyboard. I dried it off with a hair blower and to my big surprise, and you are guessing right, it “still is working like new. You can take a look at the Laptop by clicking here.

The computer “works very well” I should have said. It does NOT work like new. I noticed it takes longer too boot up than when it was new.

However, still puzzled why we use this phrase so often, I searched the web to find out how other folks use it and was surprised by the number of articles my search turned up.

Then I came across a travel story by a young couple and they head lined their report

PANAMA CANAL – STILL WORKING LIKE NEW 100 YEARS LATER”

They started their story with, and I quote “After 100 years, the Panama Canal is still working just like it did back in August 1914 when the S.S. Ancon passed through for the first time. The entire construction process took 34 years and much scandal in the beginning”.

Their story is a heartwarming and nicely told story accompanied with beautiful images and absolutely worth reading it. Go and check it out!

I, of course, knew about the Panama Canal. I knew where it is and I knew also that it shortens the travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean by roughly 14,000 miles. I was unaware though, that it will be exactly 100 years a ship took the passage through the Panama Canal.

Now my interest really peeked and I wanted to find out more about this project. I learned that the USA did not plan or start this project. It was the French which made the first attempt to do so. But they recognized that building a canal at sea level was not possible and gave up their efforts.

Anyways, I learned a lot of details about the building of the canal. I learned a lot about the problems the construction crews encountered. I learned about diseases that took the lives of hundreds of workers. I learned about the economical aspect of the existence of the canal.

And I learned a lot about the many repairs necessary to keep the

PANAMA CANAL STILL WORKING LIKE NEW!

By the way. If you want to take a look at my Laptop click here


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