Vocabulary

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

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

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, […]

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

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

Nothing New in Fake News
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Fake news has been a weapon of war among other things for millennia.

What’s the Joke?
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What’s an ATM? What’s a PIN? What’s a pedant? What’s the joke?

Migrants or Refugees?
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Europe’s politicians don’t seem to know the difference between a migrant and a refugee.

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

House or home?
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How many “slugs” do you see here?
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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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What abbreviations and acronyms do you know?
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footer versus footnote
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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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Idiom of the Day
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current versus contemporary
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The King is dead. Long live the King!
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The R Word
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optimum or optimal?
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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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e.g. or i.e. ?
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nosedive
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Another bank, another bailout
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So just how big is a trillion anyway?
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What is “Wall Street meltdown”?
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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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The Billion Dollar Question
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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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Do I write its or it’s?
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100 commonest English words
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Bimonthly
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