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      I am Susan Clarks with words and their stories,a programme in special English on the voice of America .

 

      Almost every language in the world has the saying that a person can never be too rich.Americans ,like people in other courtries, always want more money.One way they express this by protesting their job do not pay enough.A common expression is "I am working for chicken feed".It means working for very little money.This expression probably began because seeds fed to chicken make people think of small change.Small change means metal coins of not much value like nickles which are worth five cents.

 

      An early usage of chicken seeds appeared in an American publication in 1930.It's told about a rich man and his son.A word expert Nicphen Nafuse said I 'll bet neither the kid nor his father ever saw a nickle or a dime.It won't be any interest in such a "chicken feed"."chicken feed"also has another **meaning known to history experts and world war 2 spies and sodilars .Spy expert HenryS.A..wrote some German spies working in London during the war also work for the British.The British government had to make the Germans believe their spies were working.So the British officers often gave them false informationn.It was called chicken feed.

 

     The same person who protests he is working for" chicken feed "may also say I am woring for peanuts.She means she is working for small amount of money.It's very different meaning of the main one in the dictionary.That meaning is small nuts that grow on plants.No one knows for sure how a word for something to eat also can mean something very small.But a peanut is a very small food. The expression is an old one.

 

       Word expert Muthaw said it is as early as in 1854 on an American publication used the word "peanut entertainer "That means that political Chamber member who don't have enough suport. Another reason for the saying about "working for peanut"may be linked to elephants.Think how the elephants are paid for their work in the circus.they receive food not money .One of the food they like best is peanut.

 

     When you add the word "gallary "to the word "peanut",you have the name of an area of an American theater.A gallary is high sitting area or balcony above the main floor.The peanut gallary got his name because it is the part of the theater most distant form where the show takes place.So the peanut gallary tickets usually cost less money than other tickets.People cost a small amount money for them

[ 本帖最后由 liviaok 于 2008-3-23 18:01 编辑 ]
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