It's in the bag
Written by John Millen
Bags, bags and more bags
These are not Fendi or Gucci bags. What are they?
a. a bag-for-life
b. a cool bag
c. a garbage bag
d. a toilet bag
e. a tea bag
f. a doggy bag
g. a sick bag
h. a sleeping bag
1 a bag you would use on a plane or boat if you felt unwell
2 a bag you would put a bottle of champagne in to keep it cold
3 a bag you would ask for in a restaurant if you hadn't eaten all the food and wanted to take it home
4 a bag you would take on a camping trip with you to use at night
5 a bag you would put your household rubbish in
6 a bag containing dried leaves which you pour hot water on to make a drink
7 a strong shopping bag that you can use hundreds of times
8 a bag you would put your toothpaste and soap in if you were going away for the night
9 What is a bag lady?
a. a rich woman whose hobby is collecting expensive handbags
b. a woman who has no home and carries all her belongings around in plastic bags
Pick the right bag
1 to pull something out of the bag
a. to do something very badly
b. to do something unexpected that makes things better
2 to be baggy
a. to be tight (clothing)
b. to be too big and loose (clothing)
3 to be in the bag
a. to be fully paid for
b. to be certain to happen (usually something you've been doing)
4 to let the cat out of the bag
a. to hurt someone you like
b. to tell a big secret
5 He couldn't (act/argue) his way out of a paper bag
a. he is brilliant at (acting / arguing)
b. he is very poor at (acting / arguing)
Pick the right phrase
1 I'm off to the market. Where's my (shopping bag / sleeping bag)?
2 I want to keep my jacket and pants unwrinkled. Where's my (mixed bag / suit bag)?
3 I think you look better carrying a (shoulder bag / rubbish bag).
4 I need a new (cool bag / saddle bag) for my bike.
5 Put the cooked chicken in a (string bag / plastic bag) before you put it in the fridge.
Change the bag
Change one word in each of these sentences to make them correct.
1 We don't want the drinks to get warm. Put them in a tea bag.
2 I'm going to vomit! Pass me a sleeping bag!
3 I'm going to take the rest of this pasta home. Ask for a toilet bag.
4 I've put your toothpaste, soap and stuff in the sick bag.
5 You can use a doggy bag more than once to make a drink, you know.
6 Have you put the cool bag outside for collection?
What is: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b, 6. a
Dead on my feet:
a) 1. b, 2. c, 3. d, 4. e, 5. a
b) 1. dead on my feet, 2. drop-dead gorgeous, 3. dead to the world, 4. dead set against, 5. flogging a dead horse
What are you saying? 1. a, 2. b, 3. a, 4. b