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New words – 27 March 2017
March 27th, 2017, 09:52 AM
beditate verb [I] /ˈbed.ɪ.teɪt/ to meditate in bed Beditating on waking allows the fight-or-flight response to calm down, thus widening the perceptual field. It’s a kind of turbo rest, and one that you’re not going to get by reaching for your phone, drinking coffee or alcohol, watching television, or even reading. [The Sunday Times, 08 … Continue reading New words – 27 March 2017
What a nightmare! (Words for difficult situations)
March 22nd, 2017, 09:52 AM
by Kate Woodford Whether we like it or not, we all have to deal with things that annoy us or cause difficulties and stress. Sadly, it is part of life. This post won’t stop you from having to deal with these things, but it will at least give you a range of words and phrases for … Continue reading What a nightmare! (Words for difficult situations)
New words – 20 March 2017
March 20th, 2017, 09:52 AM
cruffin noun [C] /ˈkrʌf.ɪn/ a kind of small cake that is shaped like a muffin but made of pastry layers like a croissant The cruffin is a droolworthy hybrid rolled in sugar and filled with everything from coffee crème to passion-fruit curd. [www.popsugar.com 14 October 2016] piecaken noun [C/U] /paɪ.’keɪk.ən/ a pie baked inside a … Continue reading New words – 20 March 2017
Phrasal verbs with more than one meaning
March 15th, 2017, 09:52 AM
by Liz Walter Phrasal verbs are often difficult to learn because they tend to be formed from fairly common verbs and particles. To make matters worse, many of them have more than one meaning, and some have many, many meanings – pick up has 24 senses in the Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary! Look at these sentences … Continue reading Phrasal verbs with more than one meaning
New words – 13 March 2017
March 13th, 2017, 09:52 AM
immersive hybrid reality noun [U] UK /ɪˈmɜː.sɪv ˌhaɪ.brɪd riˈæl.ə.ti/ US /ɪˈmɝː.sɪv ˌhaɪ.brɪd riˈæl.ə.t̬i/ a set of images and sounds, produced by a computer, that seem to represent a workplace environment Experts in construction and computer technology at Heriot-Watt University have developed a ground-breaking immersive hybrid reality (iHR) system which aims to take the danger out … Continue reading New words – 13 March 2017
I feel so bad! (The language of feeling guilty)
March 8th, 2017, 09:52 AM
by Kate Woodford From time to time, we all do things that upset other people and we regret it. In other words, we all suffer from guilt. Guilt is, of course, a bad feeling and one of the ways that we try to get it out of our system (= get rid of it) is to … Continue reading I feel so bad! (The language of feeling guilty)
New words – 6 March 2017
March 5th, 2017, 09:52 AM
ambient wellness noun [U] /ˌæm.bi.ənt ˈwel.nəs/ a state of improved health deliberately created by a company’s products and processes Rising numbers will now expect brands to embed innovative health-boosting technologies into the environment around them. These ambient wellness initiatives should help offset damage to health and wellness – or even produce entirely new, health-positive effects … Continue reading New words – 6 March 2017
All, both, and everyone: How to use pronouns (2)
March 1st, 2017, 09:52 AM
by Liz Walter In my last post I looked mainly at personal pronouns such as he, them and yours. This post looks at some other common pronouns and at errors that students often make with them. I’ll begin with the set most closely related to those we looked at last time – the reflexive pronouns myself, yourself, himself, … Continue reading All, both, and everyone: How to use pronouns (2)
New words – 27 February 2017
February 26th, 2017, 09:52 AM
conversational commerce noun [U] UK /kɒn.vəˌseɪ.ʃən.əl ˈkɒm.ɜːs/ US /kɑːn.vɚˌseɪ.ʃən.əl ˈkɑː.mɝːs/ direct conversations between people and companies or services using technology such as apps Echo is part of the new wave of conversational commerce technologies, where the use of messaging, digital assistants, chat apps, or question-and-answer dialogue makes it possible for people to simply ask for … Continue reading New words – 27 February 2017
Sorry to butt in! (Phrasal verbs that describe ways of speaking)
February 22nd, 2017, 09:52 AM
by Kate Woodford This week we’re looking at the many phrasal verbs in English that refer to ways of speaking and the sort of things that people do in conversation. The adverb ‘on’ has a sense which is ‘continuing or not stopping’. Accordingly, there are a few informal phrasal verbs containing ‘on’ that are used for … Continue reading Sorry to butt in! (Phrasal verbs that describe ways of speaking)