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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways.Most have ten fingers and ten toes,and brains much like ours.We enjoy watching them,because they often act like us.In fact,Charles Darwin's Theory of Revolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.Some writer William Gilburt ,in the musical princess idle wrote,Darwin in man ,though well behaved,at best is only a monkey shaved.His words sounds to the author's music,make listeners smile.While monkeys make us smile,too.Because they are creatures full of playful tricks.This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts.One of these expressions is monkey shines,meaning tricks or foolish acts.The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other,pulling tails,stealing food, doing tricks.So when a teacher says to a group of students,Stop those monkey shines right now!You know the boys and girls are playing instead of studying.You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment.You monkey around was something when you do not know what you are doing,you are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.Also you can monkey around when you feel like doing something but have no firm idea of what to do.For example,you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car,while you do not have any job or goal in mind,it is just a way to pass the time.Monkey business usually means secret,maybe illegal activities.A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport while some officials get secret payments from builders.You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish.Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.If one monkey has fun,imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have.If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party,you know that he had a really good time.Monkey suitsare common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.In earlier years in many American cities,you would find a man playing musical hand organs on the street,dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey,dressed in a tight-fitting colorful jacket,similar to a military uniform.So people began to call a military uniform a money suit.
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