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Now the VOA special English program, Words and their Stories.

Most people enjoy working for several resons. Their job might be fine, or they like their employer, and the other people at work. Most people, I know, work for the money. I do not know anyone who is loaded or extremely rich. Most of my friends work to own enough money to live. They have to make ends meet. They have to own enough money to pay the things they need. Some even live from hand to mouth. They only have enough money for the most important things. They struggle to own enough money to bring home the bacon. It can be difficult to own enough money for a family to survive. Some times poor people even get caught short. They don't have enough money to pay for what they need. Or they have to spend or lay out more money than they want for something. When this happens, poor people have to tighten their belts and live on less money than usual. I hate when I have to live on less money. It takes me longer to get back on my feet or return to good financial health.

However, other people are on the gravy train. They get paid more money than their job is worth. This people make a //. They really rake in the cash. In fact, they make so much money that they can live high of the hug, they own the best of everything and live in great ease. Sometimes they pay an arm and leg for something because money is no object to wealthy people. They will pay high prices for what ever they want. Sometimes they even pay through the nose. They pay too much for things.

I am not rich. I did not make a killing in the stock maket when my stocks increased in value. Yet I am not poor either. When I go out with friends, I donot want to show out or pay a lot of money. Often my friends and I will chip in or pay jointly for a fun night out. When we go to restaurants, the meal is Dutch treat. Each person pays his or her own share.

Once the owner of a restaurant gave us a dinner on the house, we did not have to pay for our meals. However, I admit that we have to grace someone's palm. We have to pay money to the employee who led us to our table. The money was for a special request. Yes, it was a buy off. The employee put us at the top of the list for a table instead of making us wait like everyone else. We had a great time that night and the meal did not set me back at all. I did not have to pay anything. Because of that experience, I will always remember that nice things still happen in a world that is driven by money. But that is just my two cents worth, it is just my opinion.

Words and Their Stories in VOA Special English was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.
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