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Interesting English expressions and idioms

Words in the news: blood diamonds

I read a lot in the news about Naomi Campbell. She seemed to be in all the newspapers after her recent appearance in court. She was connected with an interesting piece of vocabulary. The diamonds she was allegedly given as a present can be called ‘blood diamonds‘. ‘Blood diamonds‘ are diamonds that have been mined [...] → Continue Reading Words in the news: blood diamonds

moonshine

English words in the news: moonshine

If you like a drink but don’t like paying tax, you might like this English word – ‘Moonshine‘ is an alcoholic drink made illegally at home. It is distilled and often contains more alcohol than hard liquor. Moonshine is most commonly associated with America during the 1920s and early 1930s but this article on the [...] → Continue Reading English words in the news: moonshine

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English words in the news: marksman

A marksman is an person who is good at shooting. In this article on the BBC News website, we can see the word in context. Marksmen are searching empty buildings, woods and fields in and around a town in north-east England in the hunt for suspected gunman Raoul Moat. Let’s hope they can arrest him [...] → Continue Reading English words in the news: marksman

solstice

The longest day

It’s a special day today. It’s the beginning of the Wimbledon tennis tournament and it’s also the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. We call the longest day of the year the summer solstice. The opposite (the shortest day) is called the winter solstice and it will happen this year on December [...] → Continue Reading The longest day

English vocabulary in the news: Jet lag

I’ve been feeling a bit strange since I got back to the UK. I feel tired often and have some difficulty sleeping. This is probably because I spent so long in Indonesia, which is in a different time zone to the UK. My body still wants to go to sleep at what would be night [...] → Continue Reading English vocabulary in the news: Jet lag

English vocabulary in the news: brain gain

While I was browsing the news this weekend, I came across an interesting piece of vocabulary in this article. ‘Brain gain‘ is when a country attracts a lot of well-educated people to live there. The opposite is ‘brain drain‘, which is when a lot of well-educated people leave a country. There’s another interesting expression in [...] → Continue Reading English vocabulary in the news: brain gain

English vocabulary in the news: Silver surfer

Any comic book geeks out there will know the Silver Surfer as a character featured in the Fantastic Four comics. I saw it used in the news in another, interesting way this weekend in this article. The way it is used here is to talk about elderly people using the Internet. ‘Silver’ refers to the [...] → Continue Reading English vocabulary in the news: Silver surfer

English vocabulary in the news: blunder

I am addicted to Google Street View. I can spend hours on it looking around different cities all over the world. It’s just so much fun! I spotted this article on the BBC News website at the weekend related to the technology Google uses when recording the information for Street View. There were some really [...] → Continue Reading English vocabulary in the news: blunder

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