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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

Now the VOA special English program words and their stories.Today we tell about the word wildcat.Humans have always depended on animals.From the beginning of human history,wild animals provided food,clothing and sometimes medicine.We may not depend as much on 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.  ***bill company,for example,love to show fast horses when they are trying to sell their cards.They also name their cards for other fast powerful animals.Bill factures and ***companies especially like to use big cats to sell their products.They like lions,tigers and wildcats.When Americans say  wildcat,they usually mean a links *** or about cat. All these cats attack quickly and fiercely.So wildcats represent something fast and fierce.What better way is there to sell their cards that is to say it as best as a wildcat,or what better way is there to sell gasoline that is to say that using it like putting a tiger in your tank.And early American's use of the word was quite different.It was used to describe members of congress who declared war on Britain in 1812.A magazine that year said wild cat congressmen went home.It said they were unable to face the responsibility or having involved their country in an unnecessary war.Wildcat also has been used as a name for many.It was used in the way in 1800.At that time,some states permitted banks to make their own money.One bank in the state Mississippi offered paper money with picture of a wildcat on it.Some banks,however,didnot have enough gold to support all the paper money they offered.So the money has little or no value.It was called a wildcat bill or a wildcat bank note.The banks who offered these money were called wildcat banks.A newspaper of the times said those were the days of wildcat money.It said a man might be rich in the morning and poor by night.Wildcat was used in another way in the 1800th.It was used for oilwhale or gold mine that have almost no oil or gold in it.Dishonest developers would buy such property .Then they would sell it,and leave town with the money.The buyer were left with worthless holes and ground.Today wildcat oilshales in areas that of oil.Yet another kind of wildcat is the wildcat strike.That is a strike called without official approval by a union.During Would War Two,and American publication accused wildcat strikers of slowing government production.
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