Idiom of the Week: Let the Cat Out of the Bag

Meaning: To reveal a secret.


As we were planning our mom’s surprise birthday party, my sister reminded me not to let the cat out of the bag.

You didn’t hear they’re having a baby? I guess I let the cat out of the bag!

He finally let the cat out of the bag and confessed to the crime.


Pop Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of letting the cat out of the bag?

A.  Reminding someone to take out the garbage.

B.  Telling someone what someone else is going to give them for Christmas.

C.  Sending an email to your teaching saying that you and your classmates have gotten a copy of next week’s test.

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Advocating for Adult Literacy

Earlier today students from the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program attended a rally at City Hall to support funding for adult education programs in New York City.

From the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL):

Over 100 immigrants, adult learners, educators and their allies will gather for a press conference at City Hall on March 22nd at 9:30am to call attention to their plight. Thousands of students across the City are currently enrolled in adult literacy classes not scheduled for renewal in the Mayor’s budget. They say they need English classes more than ever, particularly as misinformation and fear about the President’s immigration orders and ICE raids permeates low-literacy immigrant communities.

The press conference is organized by the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL), a citywide coalition of community based organizations, CUNY programs, libraries and union training programs. Students, teachers and allies will be joined by City Council supporters, including Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca.

2.2 million adult New Yorkers currently lacking English proficiency and/or a high school diploma – 1/3 of the entire adult population of the city – yet the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget did not renew $12m in funding included in last year’ budget, an investment advocates called historic at the time.

Literacy programs provide a pathway to economic mobility, social integration, parent-child engagement, improved health outcomes and improved community safety.  However, these programs are dramatically underfunded and less than 3% of those in need can access adult education programming. A 2015 survey by NYCCAL revealed at least 15,000 New Yorkers were waitlisted for adult literacy classes where they sometimes waited for over a year.

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Awesome Adjective: Obnoxious

Meaning: Very rude or annoying.


You have to be nice to customers all the time – even if they’re being obnoxious.

There was a really obnoxious guy on the train this morning who almost started a fight.

A lot of people become very obnoxious when they’re drunk.


Pop Quiz:

Which of the following describes obnoxious behavior?

A.  Quietly sitting and reading.

B.  Laughing loudly and cursing.

C.  Helping someone pick something up that’s fallen on the floor.

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Idiom of the Week: Pull Yourself Together


Meaning: To calm down.


Everybody’s looking at you! Pull yourself together!

After hearing the bad news I needed a few minutes to pull myself together.

Pull yourself together! It’s just a little problem and nothing to get worked up about!


Pop Quiz:

When would you say to someone, “Pull yourself together!”

A.  When they’re falling asleep.

B.  When they’re quietly watching a movie.

C.  When they’re doing yoga.

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