Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Are you a CLEAN FREAK?

photo of hand and soap. A clean freak for #ESL vocabulary

I admit I'm a bit of a CLEAN FREAK. I'm often PARANOID about picking up COOTIES from JUST ABOUT everywhere--on the train, in restrooms, from public computers, et al.--so I wash my hands often, probably more so than most people. I probably should LIGHTEN UP a bit; I guess I just think it's BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.

What do you think? Would you call yourself a CLEAN FREAK? Do you know anyone who is? 

#ESL vocabulary
  • CLEAN FREAK (overly clean)
  • FREAK (a weirdo; a strange person #slang)
  • PARANOID (overly worried)
  • COOTIES (germs; body louse; disease #slang)
  • JUST ABOUT (nearly; almost #informal)
  • LIGHTEN UP (take it easy; don't be so serious #phrasal verb)
  • BETTER (TO BE) SAFE THAN SORRY (better to be safe than regret it later #idiom)

Friday, July 4, 2014

A bit of trivia for your Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to all of you celebrating, wherever you are. Here are a few trivia questions that will give you A LEG UP on your knowledge of the history surrounding this holiday. See how many of them you already know without scrolling down for the answers or looking them up.
     A LEG UP (an advantage; a boost)
  1. How many stars and stripes does the U.S. flag have? Hint: The photo above does not show the answer. :-) 
  2. What do the stars and stripes on the U.S. flag represent?  
  3. In which year did the American colonies officially declare independence from Britain?
  4. Who became the first U.S. President?
  5. At which New York City landmark did this first President take the oath of office?
  6. What is the title of the U.S. National Anthem?
  7. What are two nicknames for the U.S. flag?