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Playing second fiddle (Everyday idioms in newspapers)
May 24th, 2017, 05:18 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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New words – 22 May 2017
May 22nd, 2017, 05:18 AM
sensitivity reader noun [C] UK /ˌsen.sɪˈtɪv.ə.ti.riː.dəʳ/ US /ˌsen.səˈtɪv.ə.t̬i.riː.dɚ/ someone who reads a book not yet published in order to check the content for anything that may offend certain groups of people It’s not clear that authors are equally free to ignore the censoriousness of “sensitivity readers”, to whom some American editors are currently sending unpublished …

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He doesn’t pull any punches. (The language of telling the truth)
May 17th, 2017, 05:18 AM
by Kate Woodford Most of us have mixed feelings about honesty. On the one hand, we think it a very good thing. We raise our children to be honest and we look for honesty in our adult relationships. However, most of us also recognise that in some situations, honesty is not so desirable and, in fact, …

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New words – 15 May 2017
May 15th, 2017, 05:18 AM
neo-generalist noun [C] UK /niː.əʊˈdʒen.ᵊr.ᵊl.ɪst/ US /niː.oʊˈdʒen.ᵊr.ᵊl.ɪst/ an employee who has both general and specialist skills First know that neo-generalists have always been here. We just have failed to recognize them. In a society that focuses on one skill or talent, all too often we miss those who criss-cross varying degrees of skills and talents …

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We agree but she agrees: the importance of subject-verb agreement
May 10th, 2017, 05:18 AM
by Liz Walter One of the most common errors students make is to miss the ‘s’ from verbs after he, she or it: Maria likes pizza. Maria like pizza. Of course, people will still understand you if you make this mistake, but you would lose marks for it in an English exam. This sort of error …

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New words – 8 May 2017
May 8th, 2017, 05:18 AM
roamer noun [C] UK /ˈrəʊm.əʳ/ US /ˈroʊm.ɚ/ someone who moves from one country to another to live and work A new breed of traveller is, today, heading abroad to find better careers, more intellectual stimulation or simply more adventure … they’re happy to move from country to country in pursuit of personal or professional goals. …

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Deal with it! (Phrasal verbs for managing problems)
May 3rd, 2017, 05:18 AM
by Kate Woodford Earlier this month we focused on phrasal verbs that are used to describe problems and difficult situations. This week, we’re turning our attention to phrasal verbs that describe what we do in difficult situations. Deal with is one of the most common phrasal verbs in this area. If you deal with a problem, …

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New words – 1 May 2017
May 1st, 2017, 05:18 AM
Chief Happiness Officer noun [C] UK /tʃiːf.ˈhæp.i.nəsˌɒf.ɪ.səʳ/ US /tʃiːfˈhæp.i.nəsˌɑː.fɪ.sɚ/ someone whose job is to ensure that employees of a particular company are happy and fulfilled Chief Happiness Officer is perhaps the most controversial job title in business. To some, it’s a sign that employee engagement is finally being taken seriously. To others, it signals an …

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Sweltering, torrential and gusty: interesting words for talking about weather.
April 26th, 2017, 05:18 AM
by Liz Walter Most students learn words for weather quite early in their studies. It’s easy to stick with well-known phrases such as sunny day or heavy rain, but there is a lot of more interesting vocabulary associated with the weather, as you would expect for one of the world’s favourite topics of conversation! In this …

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New words – 24 April 2017
April 24th, 2017, 05:18 AM
heartfulness noun [U] UK /ˈhɑːt.fᵊl.nəs/ US /ˈhɑːrt.fᵊl.nəs/ a type of meditation that involves being aware of your heart, thought to create a feeling of calm Heartfulness is a simple and effective way to integrate meditation into our daily life. The heartfulness technique shows us to gently turn our attention towards our heart and experience that …

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