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

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 expressions and idioms with 'beach'

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:…

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…

I’ve got that Friday feeling. I’m looking forward to a great weekend and some really fun classes. Before the weekend starts, it’s time for a quiz. Remember to let me know how you got on using the comments section at…

English expressions and idioms with 'ears'

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…

English vocabulary in the news: double-dip

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…