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Wild Cat: Is It a Fast Car or False Money?

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jerilyn Watson 2007-10-13 Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and

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by jerilyn watson
2007-10-13

now, the voa special english program, words and their stories. today, we tell about the word wildcat.

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humans have always depended on animals. from the beginning of human history, wild animals provided food, clothing and sometimes medicine.

we may not depend as much on wild animals now. but we hear about them every day. americans use the names of animals in many ways.

many companies use animals to make us want to buy their goods. automobile companies, for example, love to show fast horses when they are trying to sell their cars. they also name their cars for other fast powerful animals.

automobile manufacturers and gasoline companies especially like to use big cats to sell their products. they like lions, tigers and wildcats.

when americans say wildcat, they usually mean a lynx, an ocelot or a bobcat. all these cats attack quickly and fiercely. so wildcats represent something fast and fierce.

what better way is there to sell a car than to say it is as fast as a wildcat. or, what better way is there to sell gasoline than to say that using it is like putting a tiger in your tank.

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