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Make a splash! (Everyday idioms in newspapers)
August 16th, 2017, 09:24 AM
by Kate Woodford Every few months on this blog, we read a selection of national newspapers published on the same day and pick out the idioms that we find in the articles and reports. We read the news, the gossip columns and the sports pages and, as with previous posts, include only the most frequent, up-to-date …

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New words – 14 August 2017
August 14th, 2017, 09:24 AM
hack day noun [C] /ˈhæk.deɪ/ an event at which employees of a company meet to discuss problems or ideas Online property marketplace Hubble used an internal hack day as a team-building exercise and also to identify and fulfil new opportunities. With a hearty breakfast to get the creative juices flowing, and celebratory beer and pizzas …

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I’ll believe it when I see it: talking about certainty, probability and possibility
August 9th, 2017, 09:24 AM
by Liz Walter Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that ‘nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’. We all know how annoying it can be when someone seems to be completely sure about all their opinions, so it is important to be able to express certainty only where it is justified, and other degrees …

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New words – 7 August 2017
August 7th, 2017, 09:24 AM
ube noun [C, U] /ˈuːbeɪ/ a purple variety of sweet potato Also known as ‘purple yam’, this bright purple vegetable features in increasingly popular Filipino cuisine and looks especially amazing in desserts. New Yorkers went crazy for ‘ube doughnuts’ last year, and the UK is hot on its heels. [Sainsbury’s Magazine, January 2017] soup dumpling …

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Let’s bake a cake. (Cooking words)
August 2nd, 2017, 09:24 AM
by Kate Woodford One thing we haven’t dealt with yet on this blog is cooking vocabulary. We’re now making up for it with two posts devoted to common words used for preparing food. If you’re a keen cook, read on! Let’s start with some basic cooking verbs relating to the inside of the oven. When we …

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New words – 31 July 2017
July 31st, 2017, 09:24 AM
smellscape noun [C] /ˈsmel.skeɪp/ a collection of the different smells associated with a particular place “A smellscape is the olfactory equivalent of a landscape,” she says. “We spend most of our time walking around, we see things and we take about 80% of our information from that. But we’ve got four other senses, all of …

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When no one was looking, she opened the door: Using narrative tenses
July 26th, 2017, 09:24 AM
by Liz Walter Everyone tells stories. We do it every day, even if it’s just telling our family that we met an old friend in the supermarket. English exams often ask students to write anecdotes or descriptions of past events. An important part of telling a story is using the right tenses because they show the …

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New words – 24 July 2017
July 24th, 2017, 09:24 AM
volcano boarding noun [U] UK /vɒlˈkeɪ.nəʊ.bɔː.dɪŋ/ US /vɑːlˈkeɪ.noʊ.bɔːr.dɪŋ/ the activity of moving down the side of a volcano while standing, sitting or lying on a board similar to a snowboard Lakes, volcano [sic] and beaches dot the landscape of Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in Central America. While searching for …

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Simple and Straightforward (Words meaning ‘clear’)
July 19th, 2017, 09:24 AM
by Kate Woodford Recently, we published a post on words for things that confuse us. This week we’re considering the opposite and looking instead at words and phrases that we use to describe things that are easy to understand. Let’s start with the very common adjective clear. Something that is clear is easy to understand, often …

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New words – 17 July 2017
July 17th, 2017, 09:24 AM
awareable noun [C] UK /əˈweə.rə.bᵊl/ US /əˈwer.ə.bᵊl/ a device worn on the body that uses computer technology and connects to the internet, and is used to monitor and decrease stress This year sees the launch of a range of therapeutic tech bracelets designed to pick up on your stress levels and offer techniques to calm …

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