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Feet, knives and sheep: Forming plurals in English 1
October 18th, 2017, 04:17 AM
by Liz Walter For the majority of words in English, forming the plural is easy. All you need to do is add ‘s’. If the word ends in s, x, z, ch, or sh, you add ‘es’, otherwise it will be impossible to say. So, for example, we get tables, birds, and teachers, or boxes, churches, and dishes. …

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New words – 16 October 2017
October 16th, 2017, 04:17 AM
Linkster noun [C] UK /ˈlɪŋk.stəʳ/ US /ˈlɪŋk.stɚ/ someone born after the year 2002, said to be “linked” into technology since birth So, the Linkster population – estimated to make up 18 per cent of the world’s population – grew up with social media, smart phones and apps. Not only this, but someone born in 2002 …

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Peering and gawking (Synonyms for the verb ‘look’)
October 11th, 2017, 04:17 AM
by Kate Woodford One thing that we like to do on this blog is consider the many different ways that we express the same thing in English. This week we’re focusing on looking. There are a lot of synonyms for the verb ‘look’, but as we observed in a previous post, ‘Many words in English have …

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New words – 9 October 2017
October 9th, 2017, 04:17 AM
biobag noun [C] UK /ˈbaɪ.əʊ.bæg/ US /ˈbaɪ.oʊ.bæg/ a plastic bag filled with a special liquid that can keep an animal alive that has been born prematurely by mimicking the conditions of its mother’s womb An artificial womb that could someday sustain extremely prematurely born infants has managed to keep baby sheep alive for four weeks. …

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1066 and all that: How to say years
October 4th, 2017, 04:17 AM
by Liz Walter Being able to name a year is a pretty basic English skill, but there are a few things that can make it complicated, and there are a number of differences between British and American English. Let’s start with the (relatively) easy ones. For years like 1345, 1682 or 1961, we say the first …

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New words – 2 October 2017
October 2nd, 2017, 04:17 AM
cloud eggs noun [plural] /klaʊdˈegz/ a savoury dish made by baking small mounds of whisked egg whites with a whole egg yolk in the centre of each one Fluffy clouds with a yellow centre are sweeping social media and it’s all thanks to the latest breakfast fad. In the latest trend to emerge on Instagram …

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My trump card. (Words and phrases meaning ‘advantage’)
September 27th, 2017, 04:17 AM
by Kate Woodford This week we’re feeling positive so we’re looking at words and phrases that we use to describe having an advantage. (By ‘advantage’, we mean something that we have which gives us a greater chance of success.) Starting with the word ‘advantage’ itself, we say that something good gives you an advantage over someone …

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New words – 25 September 2017
September 25th, 2017, 04:17 AM
frequency patch noun [C] /ˈfriː.kwən.si.pætʃ/ a small piece of material that can be stuck to the skin, from which particular substances can be absorbed into the body that are said to help with tiredness and some illnesses Kritzer and her team draw on an alternative healing method called “frequency patches” … that operate under the …

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We just got the go-ahead! (Nouns formed from phrasal verbs)
September 20th, 2017, 04:17 AM
by Kate Woodford Here on About Words, we frequently publish posts on phrasal verbs. This week, just for a change, we’re looking instead at a group of nouns that are formed from phrasal verbs. Some of these nouns are usually written with a hyphen between the verb and particle and some are written as one word. …

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New words – 18 September 2017
September 18th, 2017, 04:17 AM
rooftopper noun [C] UK /ˈruːf.tɒp.əʳ/ US /ˈruːf.tɑːpɚ/ someone who climbs onto the roof of a high building to take photographs, often putting themselves in physical danger This is the heart stopping moment a daredevil rooftopper climbs a New York skyscraper. The dizzying snaps show stunning scenes across the Big Apple from high up on the …

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