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Now,the VOA Special English program WordsAnd Their Stories.

Monkeysare very similar to us in many ways. Most haveten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them becausethey often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin’s theoryof evolution says that monkeys and humansshare a common ancestor.

SongwriterWilliam Gilbert, in the musical “Princess Ida”, wrote:

“Darwinianman, though well behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.”

Hiswords sound to Sir Arthur Sullivan’s music make listeners smile. Where monkeysmake a smile, too, because they are creatures full of aplayful tricks.

Thisis why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts. One of the expressionsis monkeyshines, meaning tricks or foolish acts.

Themeaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other, pulling tills, stealingfood, doing tricks. So, when a teacher says to a group of students: “Stop thosemonkeyshines right now! ” you know that the boys and girls are playing, insteadof studying.

Youmight hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable peace equipment. You monkey around wassomething when you do not know what you are doing. You are touching or playingwhat something you should leave alone.

Also,you can monkey around when you feel like doing something, but have no firm ideaof what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the daymonkey around with your car. When you do not have any job or goal in  mind. Itis just a way to pass the time.

Monkeybusiness usually means secret, maybe illegal,activities. A new report may say there is monkey business involved in building new airport, some officials gettingsecret payments from builders.

Youmay make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Somepeople make a monkey out of themselves by actingfoolish or silly.

Ifone monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he hadmore fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party,you know that he had a really good time.

Monkeysuits a common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.

Inearlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street. Dancing to the music would bethe man’s small monkey dressed in the tight-fitting, colorful jacket similar to a military uniform. So,people began to call a military uniform a monkeysuit.

This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by MarilynRice Christiano. Maurice Joyce was the narrator.I’m Shirley Griffith.

This post was generated by put listening repetition system,  Check               the original dictation thread!
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