Guinness is Good for You

stout glassI was browsing the BBC News archives today and this article caught my eye. I like a beer or two after work on Friday and Guinness is one of my favourite beers.

The first interesting word I noticed in this article is ‘slogan‘ in the first paragraph. A slogan is a short phrase used in an advert. It’s important for slogans to be easy to remember and they are sometimes combined with music to make a ‘jingle‘.

Another interesting thing about slogans is that they are not always grammatically correct. The most famous example of this is the slogan ‘Think Different’ used by Apple. In this case the slogan is deliberately ungrammatical to emphasise that the company is different and doesn’t conform to what is generally accepted in the computer industry.

The next interesting word is ‘dose‘. A ‘dose‘ is the amount of a particular medicine taken at one time. It is mentioned in the next paragraph that:

Drinking lager does not yield the same benefits,

To ‘yield a benefit‘ is a nice, natural collocation but we could also use ‘give’ to mean the same thing.

Clot‘ is another word mentioned in a few different forms in this article. When we talk about a ‘blood clot‘, we mean blood that has hardened into solid lump. The verb ‘to clot ‘ is the process of forming a clot.

A very common mistake among English learners is saying ‘drink out’ meaning going out to drink with their friends. We often use the phrasal verb ‘eat out‘ to talk about eating at a restaurant or cafe. However, when talking about drinking in a pub or bar, a native speaker would usually use the phrase ‘to go for a drink‘ or ‘to have a drink’ and not ‘drink out’.

Are you going out tonight? If so, what will you be drinking?

Today’s image is by Michal Zacharzewski.

A Beer with Obama

This article on caught my attention today. I thought it was an interesting way to deal with a tricky problem and couldn’t imagine many other world leaders coming up with such a solution.

There is some interesting vocabulary in the third paragraph:

prompting an outcry from police groups and a resulting media blitz.

A ‘media blitz’ is when the media give one event an abnormal amount of extra coverage.

The next interesting expression comes later on when Professor Henry Louis Gates is quoted as saying:

“I am pleased that he, too, is eager to use my experience as a teaching moment, and if meeting Sgt. Crowley for a beer with the president will further that end, then I would be happy to oblige,”

If we do something to ‘further an end’ we do it to help reach a goal or target. In this case, the target is to use what happened to Professor Gates as an example to stop similar things happening in the future.

The next expression, ‘happy to oblige’, means he is pleased to take part in this activity.

I think I would like to have a beer with President Obama. Which political leader would you like to have a beer with? What questions would you ask him/her?