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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2011-03-13

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Voa special engligh program--words and their stories
mokeys are very similar to us in many ways.
most of them have ten fingers, and ten toes and brains  like ours
we enjoying watching them because they often acts like us
in fact ,charles darwin 's theory revolution said the monkeys and humans share a common ancestor

some writer William Gilbert, in the musical "princess Ida" wrote:
Darwinian man, though  well behaved ,at best is only the monkey shaved. his words sung to Sir Arthur sullivan's music ,make listener smile, well, the monkey make us smile us too, because they are 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 you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other, pulling tails ,stealing food, doing thicks. so when the teacher says the group of students "stop to those monkey shines 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 valuable piece of equipment.
you monkey around with  something when you do not know what you are doing. you are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.

also you can monkey arund when you feel like doing something, but have no firm an idea of what to do.
for example , you   tell your friend  you are going to spend a day  monkeying around with your car. while you dont have to do your job or goal in mind .it is just a way to pass time

mokey business usually means secret , maybe illegal activities.a news report might say that there is   monkey business envolved in the building the new airport with some officials getting secretly payments from builders. you may make a monkey out of someone, when you make that person foolish. some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.

if one monkey has fun,imaging how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. if your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys fun at your party ,you know that he must have a good time.

monkey suits are common name for clothes or suits or uniform soiders wear.

in earlier years in many American cities,, you would find man playing musical hand organs on the streets. dancing to the musics would be the man's  a small monkey,dressed in a tight-fitting coulorful jacket similar to the military uniform.
so people began to call the military uniform monkey suits.
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