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

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

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