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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 there stories. 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, George Darwin’s Theory of Evolution says that monkeys and human share a common ancestor. Song writer William Robert in the musical princess Ida wrote: Darwinian man though well behaved at best is only a monkey shaved. His words sound to sir ** music, make listener smile. While monkey makes 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 monkeyshines, meaning tricks or foolish tricks. The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other, pulling teals, stealing food, doing tricks. So when a teacher says to a group of students “stop those monkeyshines right now”, you know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying. You might hear that same teacher warning 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 something you should leave along. Also you can monkey around when you 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 monkey around with your car. When you do not have any job or go in mind, it is just a way to past the time.
Monkey business usually means secret, maybe illegal activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building a new airport, with some officials getting secret payments from builders. You may make a monkey out of some one when you make that person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.
If a monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he has a barrel of fun in your party, you know that he had a really good time.
Monkey suits are common names for close or uniforms soldiers wear. In earlier year in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street. Dancing to the music would be the men’s small monkey, dressed in the tight fitting colorful jacket, similar to a military uniform. So people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit.   

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