GLOSSARY

  • closet – a very small room or a piece of furniture for storing clothes and shoes

  Kevin needs to stop buying so many clothes. He can’t even close his closet doors!

  • dress shirt – a man’s shirt worn for office work, with a collar, buttons, and long sleeves

  Do you think it’s okay for a man to wear a pink dress shirt to work?

  • pants – clothing worn over the legs

  Jennifer couldn’t decide whether she wanted to wear pants or a skirt, so she chose a dress instead.

  • tie – a long, narrow piece of fabric worn around a man’s neck

  He doesn’t like wearing ties because he says they make it hard for him to breathe.

  • sweater – a heavy, knitted shirt made of cotton or wool yarn (material that looks like a thick string)

  It’s very cold outside, so you and your sister should put on your sweaters if you want to play at the park.

  • suit jacket – a piece of formal clothing worn over a shirt, with long sleeves and buttons on the front, usually worn in formal business settings

  The sleeves of his suit jacket are too short. He needs to buy a new one for his interview.

  • t-shirt – a comfortable, casual, short-sleeved cotton shirt with no collar, often with a design or picture on the front

   You don’t have to dress up to come to my party. I plan to just wear a t-shirt and jeans.

  • socks – clothing worn on one’s feet

   In the winter, I wear socks and shoes, but in the summer, I prefer to wear sandals without socks.

  • underwear – clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

   We have to do laundry today because I don’t have any clean underwear!

  • to color coordinate – to identify things that look good together because they have the same or colors that look good together

   Her bedroom walls, floors, pictures, and toys are all color coordinated. I have never seen so much green in one room!

  • buckle – a piece of metal used to connect two ends of a belt, shoe, or bag

   American cowboys often wore large belt buckles with images of their daily life.

  • to polish – to rub something to make it shine

   Before going to the wedding, I need to polish my black shoes so they’ll look nice with my suit.

  • wallet – a piece of leather or heavy fabric with many pockets that is used to store money and credit cards

   He needed to clean out his wallet because it was too full of business cards and receipts to fit in his pocket.

  • to check (oneself) – to look at oneself, searching for something that looks wrong or is out of place

   I wish I had checked myself in the mirror before the big meeting because I had food between my teeth.

  • briefcase – a flat bag with a handle to carry documents, usually used by office workers to carry papers between their home and the office

   She forgot her briefcase at home and had to ask her husband to bring it to her at the office so she’d have her notes for the presentation.

  • garage – a room in a house for parking cars

   They have so many things in their garage that they almost don’t have room to park their car!

  • to run late – to be delayed; to be behind schedule; to be in a hurry because one needs to be somewhere very soon

   I didn’t have time to say goodbye to everyone at the lunch meeting because I was running late for my flight back to New York.

  • today is no exception – today is the same; today is not different

   I usually receive a lot of emails and today is no exception. This morning I had 238 messages in my inbox!

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