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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

Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories.Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways, most have ten fingers, ten toes and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charlie Darwin's theory of revolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor. Song writer W.G in the music Princess Ida wrote Darwinian man, through well-behaved,  at best is only a monkey shaved. His words sung to Sir A.S's music make listener smile. Well, 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 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 that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying.
You might hear that same teacher warning the student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with something 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 you friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with you car. When 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 with some officials getting secret payments from builders.
you may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Some people making 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 you friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party.
Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear. In early years, in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street, dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in tight fitting colorful jacket similar to a military uniform. So people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.
This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories was written Mariln C, M.J was the narrator and I'm S. G.

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