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New words – 24 April 2017
April 24th, 2017, 08:42 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 … Continue reading New words – 24 April 2017
I messed up! (Phrasal verbs for problems)
April 19th, 2017, 08:42 AM
by Kate Woodford Last month we focused on words and phrases that are used to describe problems and difficult situations. This week we’re looking specifically at phrasal verbs in this area. In a week or so, we’ll look at a group of phrasal verbs that describe how we deal with these situations. (Did you see what … Continue reading I messed up! (Phrasal verbs for problems)
New words – 17 April 2017
April 17th, 2017, 08:42 AM
Ikea effect noun [U] UK /aɪ.ˈkiːə.ɪˌfekt/ US /aɪ.ˈkiːə.əˌfekt/ the tendency to like something more if you have built or created it yourself There’s a phenomenon in psychology known as the “Ikea effect”. Putting together Ikea furniture makes people like it more, and what holds true for … Swedish furniture can also be applied to our … Continue reading New words – 17 April 2017
Accept or except? Affect or effect? Spelling words that sound similar.
April 12th, 2017, 08:42 AM
by Liz Walter A reader of one of my recent posts asked for an explanation of the difference between aught and ought. Aught is a very old-fashioned word, found mainly in old literature or poetry. Strangely, it can mean ‘anything’ or ‘nothing’, depending on the context. Ought is both a less common spelling of aught and … Continue reading Accept or except? Affect or effect? Spelling words that sound similar.
New words – 10 April 2017
April 10th, 2017, 08:42 AM
woonerf noun [C] UK /ˈvəʊn.ɜːf/ US /ˈvoʊn.ɝːf/ a road in which drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and local residents share the same space, and where measures designed to slow traffic have been implemented Woonerf originated in Holland as a term to describe areas where walking, cycling, playing, and socializing occurred between houses and traffic oriented streets. Woonerfs … Continue reading New words – 10 April 2017
Phrasal verbs for reading
April 5th, 2017, 08:42 AM
by Kate Woodford Sometimes we read to find out information and at other times, we read simply for pleasure. We may read the whole of a text or only parts of it. To describe the different ways in which we read, we often use phrasal verbs. This week, then, we take a look at those ‘reading’ … Continue reading Phrasal verbs for reading
New words – 3 April 2017
April 3rd, 2017, 08:42 AM
knafeh noun [U] /næ.ˈfiː/ a dish, originally from the Middle East, consisting of layers of pastry and soft cheese, soaked in sugar syrup London is going crazy for knafeh – a Middle Eastern sweet treat with layers of cheesy pastry soaked in sugar syrup. Try it sprinkled with pistachios at The Barbary or at Arabica … Continue reading New words – 3 April 2017
April fool – the language of jokes and tricks
March 29th, 2017, 08:42 AM
by Liz Walter April 1st is known in many Western countries as ‘April Fool’s Day’. The idea is to trick other people, to try to make them believe things that are not true. If you succeed, you shout ‘April fool!’ at the person you have tricked. In honour of April Fool’s Day, this post will look … Continue reading April fool – the language of jokes and tricks
New words – 27 March 2017
March 27th, 2017, 08:42 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, 08:42 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)