a team called Mutilated Ladies which deals with claims from people who fed their money to a machine or to their dog. Dogs, it
seems, love to chew up money!
A recent case concerns Jane Butlin whose fiancé, John, runs a successful furniture business. John had a very good day and put
his wallet containing ￡3,000 into the microwave oven for safekeeping. Then he and Jane went horse-riding. When they got
home, Jane cooked their dinner in the microwave oven and without realizing it, cooked her fiancé’s wallet as well. Imagine their
dismay when they found a beautufully-cooked wallet and notes turned to ash! John went to see his bank magnager who sent the
remains of wallet and the money to the secial department of the Band of England in Newcastle: the Mutilated Ladies! They
examined the remains and John got all his money back. ‘So long as there’s something to identify, we will give people their money
back,’ said a spokeswoman for the Band. ‘Last year, we paid ￡1.5m on 21,000 claims.’
◆mutilate v. 使残缺不全
◆chew v. 咀嚼
◆microwave n. 微波，微波炉
◆oven n. 炉灶
◆safekeeping n. 妥善保管
◆Newcastle n. 纽卡斯尔（英国港市）
◆identify v. 鉴别，识别
◆spokeswoman n. 女发言人
★mutilate v. 使残缺不全
He was mutilated in the accdient, and now has only one leg.
a multlated note
You've already mutilated the novel by making such changes.
★chew v. 咀嚼
A lot of people love chewing gums.
Don’t bite off more than one can chew.不要自不量力
chew the fat: 聊天
chewed up： （俚） 着急的，担心的
Don't get chewed up / about your examination.
★microwave n. 微波，微波炉
micro- = tiny, very very small
microswitch, microfilm, microscope, microsecond, microphone, microbiology
反义前缀：macro- = great. large
★oven n. 炉灶