Joe’s Cafe

Personal blog of EnglishClub founder Joe Essberger with Curiosities, Discussion, Poetry, Quotations, Reading, and Vocab on the menu.

PANdemics and Other PANs
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PANdemic, PANorama, PAN-American and more

The Monkey’s Disgrace
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Human evolution from a monkey perspective

Get it?
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get [something] (verb): receive, contract (a disease); understand – and many more meanings

The Queen’s Coronavirus broadcast: ‘We will meet again’
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In a rare speech, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II delivers a special message to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic; and echoes the words of Vera Lynn’s wartime song, ‘We will meet again.’

Stuck at home?
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Here’s something you could do if you’re stuck at home, in a single room.

To panic, or not to panic? That is the question
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What do YOU think?^^

Farewell to Holland
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2020 should lay to rest the qualms of many English-speaking people over the exact name of that European country between Belgium and the North Sea—the one that’s famous for being low and flat (below sea-level in places) and for growing tulips. Is it Holland? Or Netherlands (or maybe “the Netherlands”)? We know they speak Dutch, […]

Santa Comes a Cropper
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Santa (proper noun): short for Santa Claus; another term for Father Christmas to come a cropper: (informal British idiom) fall heavily; suffer a disaster

Filler Phrases that Give You Time
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The fact of the matter is that sometimes you need time to think.

English to remain official EU language
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EU diplomats have decided to keep English as an official and working EU language. So even if the home of English goes, the language of English will stay

A Light-Year is a Measure of Distance, not Time
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Superb demo by NASA

What’s your New Year’s Resolution 2019?
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New year, new start. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for the coming year?

Queen’s English
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How it’s spoken…

Should Facebook control what art you see?
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I am not a number
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I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered…

Discuss: How would you give away $1,000,000?
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Discuss: Where would you go?
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Discuss: Do you believe in ghosts? Would you sleep in a haunted house?
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Discuss: Can you give me some money to buy a train ticket—please?
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Non-Smoking Flight
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Superlistening – The BUWOG Affair
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Nothing New in Fake News
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Fake news has been a weapon of war among other things for millennia.

Emancipated Marionette
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Your own personal staff. Which will you choose?
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The Laughing English Teacher
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Autophagy of a Black Hole
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I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an Emperor
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What’s the Joke?
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What’s an ATM? What’s a PIN? What’s a pedant? What’s the joke?

New Mural Celebrates Amazing Leicester City’s Thai Links
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Trumpxit
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Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016
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What’s your main New Year’s resolution for 2016?

Colour of the Year 2016
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Change the World
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Migrants or Refugees?
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Europe’s politicians don’t seem to know the difference between a migrant and a refugee.

Hiroshima 80000 / Nagasaki 40000
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A tale of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – one day 80,000 civilians, another day 40,000 civilians—killed

Veni, vidi, vici
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Watch as Hillary Clinton abuses Julius Caesar’s famous words “Veni, vidi, vici” with her own.

Who would you have dinner with?
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Is the world better or worse today?
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What would you take to a desert island?
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Would you choose the Future or Past?
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Would you like to be famous?
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House or home?
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What Are Your New Year Resolutions for 2015?
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What to call the UK if Scotland independent?
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Do you have any New Year Resolutions for 2014?
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What’s this guy got to do with English?
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Organic or Conventional? WT*?
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How many “slugs” do you see here?
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What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013?
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How many ‘scales’ can you see here?
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How many waves do you know?
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The Chapel
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The three rings of marriage
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The chain of marriage
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Better to have loved and lost?
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Have you ever seen a ghost?
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If you ruled the world…
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Who would you like to be today?
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What do you think you were in your last life?
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We are all basically selfish
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What abbreviations and acronyms do you know?
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Alcohol should be illegal
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Mobile Phones Dangerous?
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footer versus footnote
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Everything will be OK
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The Prophet ~ Children
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specially or especially?
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cannot or can not?
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Saying of the Day
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How long is a question?
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The Very Unnaughty Noughties
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End of a decade?
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Idiom of the Day
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current versus contemporary
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World’s largest English-speaking country?
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The King is dead. Long live the King!
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Manners
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Life
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Divorce
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The Oxford Secret
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Meeting the eye
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Arguing with a woman
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Advice on reviewing books
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Do come again
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When words lose their meaning
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The R Word
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optimum or optimal?
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The Winepress
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practical or practicable?
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presume or assume?
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“near miss”, “cause”
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Smiling Moon
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e.g. or i.e. ?
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nosedive
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New dollar bill
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Another bank, another bailout
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So just how big is a trillion anyway?
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Willful panic
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College Entrance Exam
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What is “Wall Street meltdown”?
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7 of my Favourite Quotations
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How do you use the Internet?
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Morality Test
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Why do people write 0:00AM? What does it mean?
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Principle or principal?
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Discreet or discrete?
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Some seek knowledge
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I shall not pass this way again
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April Fool’s Day
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Swiss Spaghetti Harvest Hoax
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I wish I loved the Human Race
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How many words in Shakespeare?
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What is it?
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Best holiday
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Perfect age?
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7 That’s in a row
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Next life
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The Billion Dollar Question
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What do you want to own?
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Amzanig huh?
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Rainy day
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The quick brown fox…
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Good book
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Around the World in 80 Days
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Joke
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New Year’s Resolution
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My Favourite Food
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Affect or effect?
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You already speak English
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Quiz: Collective Nouns
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The Sick Rose
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Advice or advise?
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Stationery or stationary?
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Practice or practise?
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Olympics in China
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CAPITAL CRIME
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Consonant Strings
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What is the third word?
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Do I write its or it’s?
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100 commonest English words
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Longest word in English
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Anagrams
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Bimonthly
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World’s shortest poem in English
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