Meet Monopoly's newest token. The not-so-hot iron has been replaced by a cat. After a month-long online ballot in 185 countries, the game's fans gave the feline piece the nod with 31 percent of the votes. Monopoly was launched in the 1930s, and according to maker Hasbro has been played by more than a billion people worldwide. The question is: will the dog and the cat get along on the same board?
IDIOMS AND WORD PLAY
1. If you lose steam, you no longer have the energy or the desire to continue doing something, especially because you are tired. There's a play on the idea of of a steam iron (as opposed to an electric one).
2. If something is hot, it is very popular. • Her new book is supposed to be the hottest thing since Harry Potter. 'Not-so-hot iron' is a play on the fact that the iron token is no longer popular, and the idea of a hot (i.e., not cold) iron.
3. If you give someone the nod, you choose them for something. • Up front, Torres was given the nod ahead of broken nose victim Demba Ba who was on the bench.