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Vocabulary Quiz
day and age • that matter • snowballed
 you got me • take my word
  1. After the accident things kind of in my life.
  2. Okay, .  That is a good point.
  3. She doesn't eat any meat, or eggs or cheese for .
  4. Just on it and don't go to that restaurant.
  5. People in this depend on computers to survive.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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920 Cooking Class Debate
Fred and Tarta debate whether students should be taught cooking.

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this day and age

A lot of mothers are working nowadays in this new day and age.

We use the phrase 'this new day and age' to talk about modern living.  Notice the following:

  1. In this day and age it is unacceptable to smoke in front of children.
  2. Kids are very aware of the world around them In this day and age.

for that matter

They don't get the amount of vegetables per day, or fruits or protiens for that matter.

The phrase 'for that matter' makes the the second statement stronger.  Notice the following:

  1. You should not go to work sick. You shouldn't even get out of bed for that matter.
  2. I am so busy I never see my kids much these days, or even my wife for that matter.

snowball

A student might become interested in cooking and then it would just snowball.

When something snowballs that means it grows bigger and bigger.  Notice the following:

  1. I lost my job and got in debt. Then I borrowed more money and got in more debt and soon it all just snowballed.
  2. Once you tell a lie, you then have to tell another lie, and another lie. Soon it just snowballs.

you got me

Well, you got me there.

The phrase 'you got me' is similar in meaning to 'you are right'.

  1. OK, you got me. I forgot it was your birthday.
  2. Well, you got me. I actually do agree with you on that point.

take your word

I take your word on that.

When we take someone's word that means we believe what they say is true.  Notice the following:

  1. If you say you already sent the money, then I take your word on it, but I have not received anything.
  2. He said the bus was late. I guess we have to take his word on it.