A catnap is a short period of light daytime sleep, taken in the afternoon to catch up on sleep that was missed the previous night.
As you may have guessed, the word 'catnap' is a compound word, made by joining the words cat and nap together to form a new word.
Of course, there are many different kinds of cats, from domestic animals to wild ones. You might think that it would be hard to confuse a domestic cat with a lion, but apparently some people living in south west England did exactly that this week, according to the British press. They mistook a cat sunbathing in a field for the "King of the Jungle!" Watch the amusing video below to find out more about the story.
Build Your Vocabulary - Activity 1
Look at the word cloud below. Which of these words might you use to talk about cats? Which words could you use to talk about lions?
Can you find any words you could use to talk about cats and lions?
Look up any words you don't know in a dictionary, and write them down.
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Build Your Vocabulary - Activity 2
Do you know what these English words and expressions mean?
Look up the meaning of any that you don't know in an online dictionary.
To keep an eye on
To make a run for it
To call off
Think of a sentence you could use each of these expressions in, to help you remember what they mean.
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