Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Learning English program about American expressions. I'm Anna Matteo with expressions using the word "sun."
The first expression is about everything, everything under the sun. If you own a store that sold many different items, your advertisements could say you sell everything under the sun. This would not be exactly true, of course. But what would advertising be without some creative descriptions?
Here is another example: Let's say you are talking with a friend you have not seen for a long time. The two of you could have a lot of catching up to do. So, you talk about everything under the sun.
Under the sun is an old expression – at least 3,000 years old. It means everywhere the sun shines. King Solomon of Israel used it in the Bible. He wrote that nothing under the sun is new. What has been will be again, he said, and what has been done will be done again.
If there is nothing new under the sun, there is nothing new anywhere.
New or old, few things can be hidden in the bright light of the sun.
That leads to another expression: a sunshine law. This law says that all government meetings must be open to the public. In some states, sunshine laws also say the government must permit the public to see government records.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper published a report about the value of sunshine laws. It told about how officials of a local government met secretly with a land developer to discuss using public land for a private entertainment center. The deal was stopped when it finally became publicly known.
"It often takes a crisis," the newspaper report said, "to awaken citizens to their rights under the state sunshine laws." It said the laws are called that because they shine sunlight on dark corners where secret deals can be made.
Another expression about the sun is Sunbelt. The word describes the warmer states of the American south, from Florida to California. The warmer weather in the Sunbelt causes many people to move there. They move from the Frostbelt, the colder northern states, and the Rustbelt, the older industrial states.
In addition, labor costs are lower in the Sunbelt, and labor unions are not as strong as in the north. So many companies moved their factories to the Sunbelt. Workers followed. By 1990, the Sunbelt cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio were among the ten largest cities in the United States.
From geographic areas to music, the word "sun" finds its place.
Every type of music -- from rock to pop to country -- has songs about the sun. One of the most popular is "You Are My Sunshine." What began as a sad love song is now a classic children's song. Many performers have recorded this song. Here is part of it.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away
The rock group Beatles sang several songs with "sun" in the title. A couple are "Here Comes the Sun" and "Good Day Sunshine."
Elton John sang "Don't Let Sun Go Down on Me." And the musical group 5th Dimension wanted to let the sunshine in on a United States that was heavily involved in the Vietnam War.
This song was originally in the musical theater performance and movie "Hair," which criticized the Vietnam War.
"Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" became a popular song in the anti-war culture in the 1960s U.S.
I'm Anna Matteo. Peace.
1.entertainment n. 娱乐；消遣；款待
Television has displaced film as our country's most popular form of entertainment.
2.sunbelt n. 阳光地带（美国南部地区）
During the last recession, migration to the sunbelt accelerated.
The car industry in the rustbelt is miserable. Factories making thirsty pickup trucks are cutting back or closing.
1.If you own a store that sold many different items, your advertisements could say you sell everything under the sun.
everything under the sun 森罗万象
We sat there for hours talking about everything under the sun.
This encyclopedia is crammed with information about everything under the sun.
2.Under the sun is an old expression – at least 3,000 years old. It means everywhere the sun shines.
under the sun 天下；究竟
The fashion-conscious will go for anything under the sun!
Where under the sun could I have put the purse?
Under the sun是个古老的表达，至少有3000年的历史，意思说太阳下的一切。以色列的所罗门王在圣经中用到这个表达，他说太阳底下无新鲜事，他说，已有的事，后必再有，已行的事，后必再行 。
各种类型的音域，从摇滚乐到流行乐到乡村音乐，都能找到与sun有关的歌曲。最流行的歌曲有You Are My Sunshine，这首歌最初是一首悲伤的情歌，现在已成为经典的儿童歌曲 。很多歌手都录制过这首歌，下面是这首歌的一部分：
摇滚乐队披头士也有几首歌中含有sun，其中两首是"Here Comes the Sun" 和 "Good Day Sunshine"。
埃尔顿·约翰唱了Don't Let Sun Go Down on Me，音乐团体第五维度希望阳光照进深陷越南战争的美国。
"Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" 成了20世纪60年代美国反战文化中的流行歌曲。