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 BBC News website says it is becoming more common again nowadays.
The other interesting words I spotted in the article are ‘hipster‘ (a person who is keenly interested in the latest trends or fashions) and ‘booze‘ (a casual word for alcoholic drinks).
life’s a beach Meaning: life is good or easy Example: I won the lottery last week and now life’s a beach for me
a beach bum Meaning: someone who spends a lot of time at the beach (usually negative) Example: He’s always surfing instead of doing his homework – what a beach bum!
not the only pebble on the beach Meaning: not the only important person in a place or situation Example: She’s a manager now but she’ll have to remember that she’s not the only pebble on this beach – there are lots of other managers in the company
take sand to the beach Meaning: a pointless activity Example: She has so much perfume, buying her another bottle would be like taking sand to the beach
music to your ears Meaning: to approve of something you hear Example: The news of his new job was music to his ears.
wet behind the ears Meaning: young and inexperienced Example: The new staff cam straight from school and were still wet behind the ears.
fall on deaf ears Meaning: when advice or information is ignored by a person Example: I told him to start saving money before the recession but the advice fell on deaf ears.
have an ear to the ground Meaning: to listen carefully for news related to the future Example: I’ve had an ear to the ground but I still can’t work out whether the boss will be leaving or not.
have (something) coming out of your ears Meaning: to have a lot of something Example: My apple tree had loads of fruit this year. I have apples coming out of my ears.
walls have ears Meaning: someone might be listening Example: Person 1 – Did you hear the news about Dave leaving? Person 2 – It’s best not to talk about that here. Walls have ears and we’re not supposed to know that news yet
Over the last year, there has been lots of really interesting economics vocabulary in the news. For example, before the recent recession, most people probably wouldn’t have known what a sub-prime mortgage or credit crunch was.
I spotted this headline on the Economist website this weekend:
A ‘double-dip’ is when a market falls in value, rises a little, then falls again. On a graph, the low points are the two dips.