12th Friday Fun Quiz – Test your Vocabulary

doughnutIt’s been an unusual week at the World of Words this week. We’ve seen sweet food expressions, food expressions for cars, tips for kinaesthetic learners, and some great ‘get’ expressions.

It time to put it into action now. How much can you remember? Can you get all the questions right? Which words will be in there this week?

The only way to answer these questions is by taking the 12th Wil’s World of Words Friday Fun Quiz.

Good luck and have a great weekend!

'A piece of cake' means:





'On the dole' means:





'Cluey' means:





To 'get by' means:





To have 'get-up-and-go' means:





To 'hog' something means:







Today’s image is by Erik Araujo.

Seven useful English expressions and phrasal verbs with ‘get’

We had a look at ‘catch‘ expressions and phrasal verbs last week. This week, it’s time to look at ‘get’.

There are too many ‘get’ phrasal verbs to list in one blog post so I’ve chosen some that I find are common but students often don’t know.

Here they are:

get on with (something)
Meaning: actually start doing something
Example: It’s time to get on with my homework.

get on with (someone)
Meaning: to have a good relationship with a person
Example: I get on with my boss. We often go drinking after work.

get over (something)
Meaning: to recover from a difficult physical or emotional experience
Example: I caught a cold last week and I’m only starting to get over it.

get by
Meaning: to be able to do something but not particularly well
Example: I can’t cook very well but I can get by.

get into
Meaning: to become interested in
Example: I am really starting to get into blogging. I find it really enjoyable.

get on the good foot
Meaning: to have a good time
Example: Let’s get on the good foot and start dancing.

to have ‘get-up-and-go’
Meaning: to be proactive and motivated
Example: I’m impressed with her get-up-and-go, she started that business all by herself.

Next week, let’s have a look at expressions and idioms related to sports. In the meantime, can you think of any more ‘get’ expressions?

Seven English expressions and phrasal verbs using ‘catch’

baseball_in_glovePeople often say that women can never have too many shoes and handbags. Well, I say that English learners can never have too many English phrasal verbs and expressions. They are what makes our English sound natural, and are more useful than shoes and bags, too.

This week, I am proud to present my top seven English expressions and phrasal verbs using ‘catch’:

catch up
Meaning: to reach a point you should be at.
Example: I have been away from work recently so I need to catch up on all the work I missed.

catch (someone) out
Meaning: to trick or fool someone.
Example: That last question really caught me out.

catch on
Meaning: to become popular.
Example: That fashion really caught on. Everyone is wearing it now.

catch (someone) red-handed
Meaning: to witness someone doing something something they shouldn’t be.
Example: The police caught the burglar red-handed.

catch your breath
Meaning: to take a short rest after doing something physically difficult.
Example: Let’s rest for a minute. I need to catch my breath after that run.

catch (someone’s) eye
Meaning: to attract attention
Example: That article caught my eye because it had such an interesting title.

catch (someone) off-guard
Meaning: to do so something people aren’t expecting.
Example: That difficult question really caught me off-guard.

Next week, we will look at expressions and phrasal verbs with ‘get’. In the meantime, can you think of any more ‘catch’ expressions or phrasal verbs?

Today’s image is by Adam Lawson.

Break in / Break out

break inIt’s quite common to see stories of people escaping from prison on the news but this article on the ABC News website was the first time I’ve hear of someone trying to get inside a prison. It’s a shame the article doesn’t mention why they were tryng to get in.

Although it’s a very short article, there are some interesting words and phrases in it. The interesting vocabulary begins with the title:

Women busted trying to ‘break into‘ jail

In this headline, the word ‘busted‘ means that they were arrested or caught by the police and the phrasal verb ‘break in‘ means to enter a place illegally, usually by force. The opposite of ‘break in‘ is ‘break out‘ meaning to escape.

The next interesting word is in the second paragraph where the author uses the word ‘cottages‘. ‘Cottage‘ is a word we use to talk about a very small house.

There is some interesting legal vocabulary in the following paragraph. It mentions the women being ‘charged‘ meaning a formal statement has been issued accusing them of the crime and that they were released ‘on bail‘ meaning that they do not have to stay in prison or go to court until their trial begins.

Why do you think these women broke into a prison?

Today’s photo is by Brad Harrison.