Catch-22 is not only a book title but also an idiom we use for some difficult situations. Let’s learn the meaning, origin, and examples of the idiom by watching the following short videos. Have you even been in a catch-22 situation?
The Man Behind the Tooth
Surprisingly, the name dates back more than a millennia to King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson who was well known for two things:
1. Uniting Denmark and Norway in 958.
2. His dead tooth, which was a dark blue/grey color, and earned him the nickname Bluetooth.from Bluetooth
It’s so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so important to fill out the Census, and here are University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students Lifen Wu (aka Stephanie) and Si En Wen (aka Wilson) to tell you why.
There are five boroughs in New York City: Manhattan (New York County), Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County), Staten Island (Richmond County), and The Bronx (Bronx County). Have you ever wondered why The Bronx has “The” in the name while the other boroughs don’t?
It all started in 1639 when a Scandinavian, Jonas Bronck, settled in a Dutch colonial province in New Netherland.
“When he dies in 1643 at the age of 43, the only thing that remained that was named after him through the ages was Bronck’s River,” says Bronx borough historian Lloyd Ultan.
Like with many names that can be difficult to say or write, the ‘ck’ was changed to an ‘x’—and the stream of water that ran next to Jonas Bronck’s farm became the Bronx River.
But the present day borough went without a name for more than 200 years until New York City got the land from Westchester County.
“They looked right smack in the middle of a map and there is the Bronx River, so they named it after the river, the borough of the Bronx, and that’s why it’s always called The Bronx and not just plain Bronx,” Ultan says.
The borough is named after the river. That’s named after the man that came from a foreign land in the 17th century.from Spectrum News NY1
In case you missed last week’s performance by The Square, who are University Settlement Performance Project Artists-in-Residence, here’s a video of it. Keep an eye out for Adult Literacy Program student Jose (AKA Waldo) who talks about his life in New York and his nose, and shares some of his photos!
Have you ever wondered why there are so many vegetarians in America and why they have different titles for different vegetarians? Let’s find out what kinds of vegetarians are out there and what kinds of vegetarians your friends are.
- Flexitarian: Flexible + Vegetarian
- Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian: Lacto is from the Latin word for milk and Ovo is from the Latin word for egg.
- Pesco-Vegetarian, Pescatarian, or Pescetarian: Pesce means fish in Italian.
- Raw Food Vegan: Raw means uncooked in English.
- Semi-Vegetarian: Semi means half in Latin.
The definitions are not the same everywhere and it is possible to have more types of them in the future. Aren’t you sure what kinds of vegetarians your friends are yet? Let’s study more here!