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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 fingures and ten toes and brains much like ours.We enjoy watching them because they often act like us.In fact,Charles Darwin's theory revolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancester.Some writer William Gilbert in the musical  pricess adult wrote Darwin in man ,though well behaved,at best is only a monkey shaved.His words sound to sir Arthur Sallivans music make listeners smile.Well,monkeys make us smile too,becuase their creatures full of a play for tricks.This is why many monkey expressions are about trick people or play for acts.One of these expressions is monkey shins meaning tricks or foolish acts.The meaning is clear if you have ever watch a group of monkeys play fully chasing each others, 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 that boys and girls are playing instead of studying.
You might here that same teacher warn a student not to monky around with a valuable piece of equipment.You monkey around with something when you don't know or what you not doing,you are touching or playing 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 monkey around with your car when you do not any job or go in mind,it's just a way to pass time.
Monkey business usually means secret maybe illegal activities.A new report may say there is monkey business involved in a building a new airport with some arficials getting secret payments frome 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 monkey can have,if your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party you know he had a really good time.
Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniform soldiers wear.In earlier years ,in many American cities you would find a man play  musical hand-organs on the street.  Dancing to the music would be the man's small monkey dressed in a tight fighting colorful jacket similar to a military uniform.So people begin to call a military uniform a monkey suit.
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