★☆☆Words and Their Stories: Money Talks

2013年06月24日 ★☆☆, 2013年6月以前の記事, Education, VOA.

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  1. bogus /ˈboʊgəs/ (adj.)not real or genuine : fake or false
  2. rip–off /ˈrɪpˌɑ:f/ (n.)something that is too expensive : something that is not worth its price
  3. get down /ˈgɛt ˈdaʊn/ (phrasal v.)to start to do (something) : to begin to give your attention or effort to (something)
  4. flee /ˈfli:/ (v.)to run away from danger
  5. tack /ˈtæk/ (n.)a small, sharp nail usually with a wide, flat head


Words and Their Stories: Money Talks

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 (1)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.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

(6) A writer for the magazine “American Speech” said he first saw the expression used in 1971. 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.

(7) 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.

(8) 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?”

(9) 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.

(10) 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.


*Let’s talk about the article base on the questions below

  1. How is money important in our daily lives?
  2. HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION: A distant relative died and gave you a million dollars as an inheritance. What is the first thing that you will do with the money?
  3. AGREE OR DISAGREE? ” Money is the root of all evil..” Please explain your answer.