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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - Money Talks

作者:Jeri Watson 发布日期:12-11-2011

Money Talks
Money Talks

I'm Susan Clark with WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, a program in Special English on the Voice of America.

People often say that money talks. They mean that a person with a lot of money can say how he or she wants things done. But it is not easy to earn enough money to gain this kind of power.

Ask anyone in a business. They will tell you that it is a jungle out there. The expression probably began because the jungle is filled with wild animals and unknown dangers that threaten people. Sometimes people in business feel competing businesses are as dangerous as wild animals. And they feel that unknown dangers in the business world threaten the survival of their business.

People in business have to be careful if they are to survive the jungle out there. They must not be led into making bogus investments. Bogus means something that is not real.

Nobody is sure how the word got started. But it began to appear in American newspapers in the eighteen hundreds. A newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts said the word came from a criminal whose name was Borghese. The newspaper said Borghese wrote checks to people although he did not have enough money in the bank. After he wrote the checks, he would flee from town. So, people who were paid with his checks received nothing. The newspaper said Americans shortened and changed the criminal's name Borghese, to bogus.

People trying to earn money also must be aware of being ripped off. A person who is ripped off has had something stolen, or at least has been treated very unfairly.

A writer for the magazine "American Speech" said he first saw the expression used in nineteen seventy-one. It was on a sign that a student carried during a protest demonstration at a university. The message on the sign was that the student felt ripped off, or cheated.

Perhaps the best way to prevent getting ripped off in business is to not try to get rich quickly. To be successful, a person in business works hard and tries to get down to brass tacks.

This expression means to get to the bottom or most important part of something. For example, a salesman may talk and talk about his product without saying the price. You get down to brass tacks when you say, "it sounds good, but how much does it cost?"

Word expert Charles Funk thinks the expression comes from sailors on ships. They clean the bottom of a boat. When they have removed all the dirt, they are down to the brass tacks, the copper pieces that hold the boat together.

So, if we get down to brass tacks, we can prevent ripoffs and bogus ways of earning money in that jungle out there. And, some good luck will help, too.

(MUSIC)

This WORDS AND THEIR STORIES was written by Jeri Watson. I'm Susan Clark

网友的学习评论(21条):
作者:lvjiaying1984
12-11-2011 17:59:24
People in different areas of the society have different opinions about the importance of money and they consider it differently to the extent of the importance of money.
作者:lvjiaying1984
12-11-2011 18:0:40
Money plays an important part in the modern world, but the truth is that it cannot do everything.
作者:lemon2011
12-12-2011 19:28:44
money controls us or we control money?think about it
作者:Army
12-12-2011 20:42:18
Money ,isn't everything.Money is a good lever.
作者:瑞雪
12-12-2011 22:21:50
money can change a person's life
作者:瑞雪
12-12-2011 22:37:42
life is qur dictionary. l agree it.
作者:Ricardo
12-13-2011 22:31:29
Please check the MP3, It's nothing to talk about Money.
作者:Kira
12-14-2011 10:40:11
I think money is so important since I enter into the society.
作者:Rain yang
12-16-2011 1:7:58
money really talks
作者:快乐allen
12-16-2011 5:18:21
money makes mare go
作者:Rona
12-17-2011 7:24:7
The man of virtue have a right way to earn money ! Although they love money very much !
作者:jessie
12-17-2011 15:57:0
The MP3 doesn't match the passage but nobody right it. The person who charges this program doesn't do a good job because someone found the mistake four days ago ,whereas nobody noticed his advice. Maybe nobody will look at our VOA readers' remarks. The VOA company should respect us.
作者:逆水行舟
12-19-2011 9:48:14
Money is a good servent, but a bad master. Yes .you are right. The sound does not accord the passage. I think the mistake can broaden our horizon. The website should be more careful.
作者:逆水行舟
12-19-2011 9:50:35
The mp3 tell the story about Emmson.
作者:Aidilina
12-19-2011 10:32:20
money can't buy happy and love .
作者:Colin
12-19-2011 20:43:29
这篇文章的MP3,是PEOPLE IN AMERICA.真正的录音在哪里?jessie2011年12月17日提了好几天,为什么更正。
作者:hannah
1-10-2012 21:35:48
mp3有错 !~~
作者:JerryBing
1-12-2012 9:16:37
I like a lot of moeny, I need it .
作者:cecilia
2-15-2012 14:56:51
get down to brass tacks.
作者:tuxb@163.com
8-27-2014 14:7:40
是哦,网站同志,你们就做点实在的事吧,把该文的正确MP3放上,谢谢
作者:tuxb@163.com
8-27-2014 14:9:10
希望网站的同志将正确的MP3放上
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