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[Report] 2008-03-23

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I’m Susan Clark with “Words and their stories”, a program in special English on the voice of American.

Almost every language in the world has the same that a person can never be too rich. Americans like people in other countries always want more money. One way they express this is by protesting that their jobs do not pay enough. A common expression is “I am working for chicken feed”. It means working for very little money. The expression probably began because seeds fed to chickens may people think of small change, small change means metal coins of not much value like nickels which are worth five cents. An early use of the word “chicken feed” appeared in the American publication in 1930, it told about a rich man and his son. Word expert made K says it read “I will bet neither the kid nor his father ever saw a nickel or dime”.

They would not it was not have been interested in such chicken feed. “Chicken feed” also has another interesting meaning known to history experts and World War 2 spies in soldiers. Spy expert Henry S.A Bacate writes that some German spies working in Landon during the war also worked for the British. The British government had to make the Germans’ believe their spies were working. So British Officials give them mostly false information. It was called “chicken feed”. The same person who protests that he is working for chicken feed may also say “I am working for peanuts.” She means she is working for a small amount of money. It is very a different meaning from the main one in the dictionary that meaning is small nuts that grow on a plant.

 No one knows for sure how a word for something to eat also came to mean something very small. But a peanut is a very small food. The expression is an old one. Word expert Matthew says that as early as 1854 an American publication used words peanuts agitators that meant a political trouble makers who did not have a lot support. Another reason for the same about working for peanuts may be linked to elephants. Think of how elephants are paid for their work in the circus. They receive food not many, one of the food they like best is peanuts.

When you add the word “gallery” to the word “peanut”, you have the name of an area in anther an America theatre. A gallery is a high seating area or balcony above the main floor. The peanut gallery got its name because it is the part of the theatre most distant from where the show takes place. So “peanut gallery tickets” usually cost less than other tickets. People pay a small amount of money for them.

This Special English program “Words and their stories” was written by Jerry Warson. This is Susan Clark.
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