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…

English words in the news: 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…

English words in the news: marksman

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…

English vocabulary in the news: brain gain

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…