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There is something about GOLD

There is more to gold than glitter. Read on



GOLD RULES: Apart from it being used in jewellery, gold has an interesting idiomatic usage

FOLLOW THE golden tongue. As defined by Collins English Dictionary gold is, a dense, inert, bright-yellow element that is the most malleable and ductile metal, occurring in rocks and alluvial deposits; used as a monetary standard and in jewellery, dentistry and plating.

So what's new? We all know that by heart, don't we?

Do we? This precious metal casts its aura on us in more ways than we care to remember. Let's take a reality check.

The Latin name for Gold is `Aurum' meaning `morning blush'. The word `Gold' itself derives from `gelo'- the old English word for yellow.

In wealth

In wealth, gold has always been an important index, which defines not just personal but a nation's economic status, the earliest gold dating from the Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago. Back in 1849, the frantic search for gold in California came to be known as the `Gold Rush'. In today's age, `Gold Standard' is a monetary system in which the unit of currency is defined with reference to gold, and `Gold Reserves' mean the gold reserves with a central bank (the RBI, in the case of India), to support domestic credit expansion and to protect currency. `Gold Cards' are credit cards issued by credit card companies to favoured clients, entitling them to higher unsecured overdrafts, insurance covers and other facilities. If one has wealth, `Gold-diggers' are not far behind, traditionally described as women who use their attractions to accumulate wealth, and make you part with yours! Gold bedazzles, and can cause greed. Remember the folklore `Golden Goose' that laid a golden egg every day until it's greedy owner killed it in an attempt to get all the gold at once? Legend has tales of golden generosity too. The Queen of Sheeba had a `heart of gold' and is said to have given King Solomon an estimated three tonnes of Gold, worth over $ 20 m today! And then the story of `The Midas Touch'.

In Industry

There are `Golden Rules' (meaning rules of fair conduct) in the employment industry. They give you a `Golden Handshake', a sum of money, either on retirement or as compensation for loss of employment. If you are a sought-after recruit, they give you a `Golden Hello', a payment made on signing a contract of employment with the company. You are however, in `Golden Handcuffs', if your company traps you in a scheme in which you make deferred payments over a number of years, to make you stay in your job! Good employers provide a `Golden Parachute' to senior executives, a clause in the employment contract, providing for special benefits if the executive's employment is terminated as a result of a take-over.

Emotions

Gold has lent it's glow to human emotions too .If you are noble-natured you have a `heart of gold'. Times of happiness and prosperity are referred to as `Golden Days'. The most flourishing and outstanding period in the age of mankind is befittingly called the `Golden Age'. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a happy event? - It's the `Golden Jubilee'. You are hugely successful, or on your way to it - You are a `Golden Girl'. If not yet, perhaps a `Golden Opportunity' is just around the corner!

Gold, without doubt, measures success. `Gold Medals' are awarded to winners in a competition, and, music artists cut `Gold Discs' if they sell more than 5,00,000 copies of an album or a single.

In moviedom, James Bond had his tryst with gold in `Goldfinger', ` The man with the Golden gun' and `Goldeneye'.

Names in gold

Not what but all is in the names of these gilded nameplate girls - `Whoopi Goldberg', `Goldie Hawn', and, `Jemima Goldsmith'.

The reason for gold's radiance is that it is chemically inert. But not chemically inert are these famous golden blondes. Fairyland's `Goldilocks' started it and there was no looking back then for Marilyn Monroe, Gwyneth Paltrow , Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy Onassis , and the most golden of them all `Diana - Princess of Wales' .

Animals stake their `golden share' in this matter too. `Golden Eagles', `Goldfinch', `Goldfish' and of course the `Golden Retriever'.

Phew!! Is there anything left? Well then, time for a `gilt' free holiday! The Australian `Gold Coast' is a fashionable destination these days, they say.

ARCHANA NANDAL

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