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New words – 26 June 2017
June 26th, 2017, 09:59 AM
asperitas noun [U] UK /æsˈpe.rɪ.təs/ US /æsˈpe.rɪ.t̬əs/ a type of cloud that forms a thick layer in the shape of waves The asperitas cloud is among the stars of the World Meteorological Organization’s scarcely published International Cloud Atlas. [USA Today, 24 March 2017] dark sunshine noun [U] UK /ˌdɑːkˈsʌn.ʃaɪn/ US /ˌdɑːrkˈsʌn.ʃaɪn/ a substance thought to …

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It’s kicking off! (Phrasal verbs for starting things)
June 21st, 2017, 09:59 AM
by Kate Woodford This week we’re looking at the many phrasal verbs that are used to refer to things starting. Let’s begin with the verb ‘start’ itself as it has a number of phrasal verbs. If you start off a meeting, you begin it by doing something: I’d like to start off the meeting with a …

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New words – 19 June
June 19th, 2017, 09:59 AM
F rating noun [U] UK /ˈef.reɪ.tɪŋ/ US /ˈef.reɪ.t̬ɪŋ/ a classification awarded to a film written or directed by a woman, or with important female characters The F rating was created in 2014 by Bath film festival executive director Holly Tarquini to “support women in film and change the stories we see on screen”. [The Guardian, …

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I was completely baffled. (Words meaning ‘confused’)
June 14th, 2017, 09:59 AM
by Kate Woodford From time to time, we all find ourselves unable to understand things, whether it’s instructions for a piece of equipment that confuse us, an event or situation that we can’t explain or just a comment by a friend. Life is sometimes just confusing! This is reflected in the number of near-synonyms and phrases …

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New words – 12 June 2017
June 12th, 2017, 09:59 AM
ambient tea noun [C and U] /ˈæm.bi.ənt.tiː/ a type of tea served at room temperature, usually with food Ambient tea … feels appropriate for service with fine food as it can be poured from a bottle or decanter into glasses at a temperature that creates no condensation on the glass and is pleasant to hold …

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Hard Brexit, soft Brexit, grammar schools or renationalized railways? The UK general election.
June 7th, 2017, 09:59 AM
by Liz Walter UK citizens are going to the polls on June 8th to choose their next government. Again. Yes, we had a general election in 2015, and yes, in theory, we have a five-year fixed-term parliament, so really we should have waited until 2020. However, our Prime Minister, Theresa May, decided that it would be …

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New words – 5 June 2017
June 5th, 2017, 09:59 AM
gigamansion noun [C] /ˈgɪg.ə.mæn.ʃᵊn/ a very large and expensive house Gigamansion is the term we must now use to describe the new breed of homes that are landing like alien motherships on the fragrant hills of Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills. [The Times, 18 February 2017] furnitecture noun [U] UK /ˈfɜː.nɪ.tek.tʃəʳ/ US /ˈfɝː.nɪ.tek.tʃɚ/ …

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Can I give you a hand? (Words and phrases for helping others)
May 31st, 2017, 09:59 AM
by Kate Woodford Most of us enjoy helping other people. We like to feel useful and we feel like better people when we do things for others.  The act of helping also brings us together, often creating a sense of community. This week, then, we look at the words and phrases that we use to refer …

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New words – 29 May 2017
May 29th, 2017, 09:59 AM
Instagirl noun [C] UK /ˈɪn.stə.gɜːl/ US /ˈɪn.stə.gɝːl/ a female model who has a large number of followers on Instagram, a social media site for sharing photographs US Vogue coined the term “Instagirl” to describe the new crop of models whose careers and Instagram platforms are effectively one and the same. [The Observer, 5 March 2017] …

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Playing second fiddle (Everyday idioms in newspapers)
May 24th, 2017, 09:59 AM
by Kate Woodford Every few months on this blog, we like to pick out the idioms that have been used in a range of national newspapers published on the same day. As with previous posts, we include only the most frequent idioms – in other words, the sort of idioms that you might read or hear …

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