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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 and ten toes, and brains much like ours.We enjoy watching them because they often act like us.In fact, Charles Darvin's theory a revolution says that humans and monkeys share a common ancestor.
Songwriter WG,in the musical"Princess Ida"wrote,
"Darvinian man ,though well-behaved at best is only a monkey shaved.
His words sung to *'music ,make listeners smile.Well monkeys make us smile to,because they are creatures full of playful tricks,this is why many monkey-expressions are about tricky people or play for acts.One of the expressions is the monkey shavem,meaning tricks or foolish acts.The meaning is clear if you have ever watch 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 monkeyshines right now!"You know that the boys and girls are playing instead of studying.
You might hear that the same teacher warn the students not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment.You monkey around with something you when do not know what you are doing.
You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.So you can monkey around when you feel like doing something but have no firm ideas of what to do.For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car,when you do not have any jobs or goals in mind .It is just a way to pass the time.Monkey business usually means secret,maybe illegal activities.A new 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 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,images how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have.If your friend says he has more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party,you know that he had a really good time.Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.In earlier years,in many American cities  you will find men playing musical hand organs on the street.Dancing to the music will be a man's small monkey dressed in the tight-fitting colorful jackt similar to a military uniform.So people began to call a military uniform a monkey suits.
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