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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
neo- • have you • junky
hoover • overboard • control
  1. Sorry the place is a little right now. I haven't had time to clean up from my dinner party last night.
  2. Don't worry if you get food on the floor when we are cooking. I'll just the floor when we finish.
  3. I would like a small party, but please don't go .
  4. There will be lots of fun things to buy at the market like art, jewelry and what .
  5. He is one of those hippies that tries to save and reuse everything.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Are you a clean freak?
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MX06 Are you a clean freak?

A clean freak is someone who loves a clean environment. Hear six responses.

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neo-

I’m a neo-clean freak.

Neo means new. You may see neo before a word. For instance, in politics, you can be a neo-conservative or a neo-liberal. In both cases, you are the next generation of the same thing.  Notice the following:

  1. The neo-conservative movement is growing in America.
  2. Today we studied neo-classical economics.  I didn't understand anything.

what have you

That little area where you put your plastic or what have you.

The phrase 'what have you' means the same thing as 'whatever' or 'similar things.' Notice the following:

  1. Young people are always wasting their time with video games, television and what have you.
  2. I'm going to stay in tonight and do homework, surf elllo or what have you.

junky

If my room is junky, my mind is junky.

The word 'junky' is a slang term that means the same thing as messy.  Notice the following:

  1. I live in a junky old apartment.
  2. That coffee shop was junky but cool.

hoovering

Her hobby is hoovering and dusting.

Hoovering means to use a vacuum cleaner to clean the floor. Hoover is the brand name the Hoover Vacuum Company, and in some countries, it is a common verb.  Notice the following:

  1. Mom just bought a new Hoover.
  2. Hoovering and dusting is not a fun way to spend an afternoon.

go overboard

I like to be clean, but I don’t go overboard with it.

To 'go overboard' means to do too much. If you eat chocolate and go overboard, that means you ate too much and you might get a stomachache. Notice the following:

1.  He went overboard trying to impress his girlfriend's parents.
2.  I always go overboard and eat too much at buffets.

out of control

I let it get out of control.

When something or someone is 'out of control' it means we can't stop what is happening.  It's almost always negative.  Notice the following:

1. Nicole goes shopping everyday.  She's out of     control.
2. My room is so messy that I can't walk around.  I let it get out of control.

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