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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #114314: Vocabulary: gold everywhere
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    Vocabulary: gold everywhere


     

    The history of GOLD, which I'm not going to tell here , goes back to Antiquity.

    For the Incas GOLD was named « the Tears of the Sun».  In his Iliad and his Odyssey, Homer refers to it as being the « glory of immortal gods ».

    Its exploitation started thousands of years ago and, of course, « recently », «the Gold Rush» took place round 1849. GOLD was used to make coins (golden coins) in the different currencies round 700 BC.(at the time when King Cresus was living.)

    The ultimately precious metal,  the "safe/ sound investment " in uncertain times", Gold is everywhere in everyday English in very varied fields. 

    1) The different shapes of  GOLD :

                    Gold nuggets                     Gold powder                Gold bars
               
              Golden  Coins                            Jewels

                    Good as gold

    A few Proverbs mention GOLD

      
                   The Gold Rush                          Gold Diggers 

                        a "Gold digger"

                              
           The Golden State=  California

                 The Golden Gate

     = the bridge entering San Francisco

                 A Golden Bridge

               = to cover in money

                     
                        Golden hands                     A Gold Mine 

            A Golden handshake

              (before retirement)

                      
                          The Golden Calf
               A Gold AE card= (unlimited)
                     The Golden Fleece
      

              To live off golden plates

       A golden key (is supposed to be magical)
                         A golden Pie
        
                             A goldfish                 A Golden Wedding

                    The Golden Goose    

              

                    Where Gold speaks,

                every tongue is silent

              All that is gold doesn't glitter!


             No man loves his fetters,

             be they made of gold 

                   

                 A good name is better

                 than a golden girdle

                Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

             Speech is silver,

             but silence is gold

     

                                                 

                                                         

                                                                  THE GOLDEN RULE 

    The "Golden Rule" is what must be done: "The Right Thing to do" in different situations. There's a budgetary Golden rule concerning the European economy. 

    There's also an American pun, saying: "He who has the gold, makes the rule." Alas, it's not only humoristic... 

    We'll finish conjuring up King Midas of Phrygia. he had "the Golden touch": everything he touched turned into Gold... Lucky one, wasn't he?  I hope Midas will  be an inspiration for you and that your results will be Golden! Good Luck!  



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