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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2009-11-08

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2009-11-08

[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2009-11-08 
  Now the VOA  special English program words and stories .Today we tell about the word wildcat .Humans have always depend on animals ,from the begin of human history wild animals provide food ,clothing ,and sometimes medicine .we may not depend on much of wild animals now ,but we hear about them everyday ,Americans use the names of animals in many ways .
   Many companies  use animals to make us want to buy their goods .Automobile companies for example ,love to show fast horse when they are trying to sell the cars .They also named their cars for other fast powerful animals. All the mobile manufactures  and gasoline companies especially like to use big cats to sell their products. They like lions tigers and wildcats .When the Americans say wildcat ,they usually mean a lynx ,an ocelot or the bobcat. All these cats attack quickly and fiercely .So wildcats represent something fast and fiercely .What the better way is there to sell a car than to say it is a as fast as a wildcat or what better way is there to sell a gasoline than to say that using it is like puting a tiger in your tank .
   And early American use of the word of wildcat was quite different .It was use to describe members of congress who declared war on Britain in 1812. A magazine of that yaer say the wildcats congress men went home .It's said that were unable to face the responsibility of having involved their country in an unnecessary war .
   Wildcat also has been used as a name for money.It was used this way in the 1800s. At that time ,some states  permitted banks to make their own money .One bank in the state of Michigan offered paper money with the picture of wildcats on it . Some banks ,however, did not have enough gold to support all the paper money they offered . So the money had little or not value. It is called a wildcat bill or a wildcat bank note .The banks offer this  money were called wildcat Banks .A newspaper of the time said those were the days of wildcat money  .It's said a man may be rich in the morning and poor by night .
   Wildcat was used in another way in the 1800s.It was used for an oil well or a goldmine that have almost no oil or gold in it .Dishonest developers would buy such property .Then they will sell it and leave town with the money.The buyers were left with the worthless holes in the ground .Today wildcat oil wells were in areas that are not known to have oil.
   Yet another kind of wildcat is the wildcats strike .That is a strike called without official approval  by a union .During the world of war two ,An American publication accuse wildcat strikers are slowling government production .
   This VOA special English program ,words and stories ,was written by Jerrt waltson .I'm Warren Share. 

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