Vocabulary

mourning vs morning
Josef Essberger
Mourning is a time of grief; morning is a time of day

Standing Ovation
Editor
They say that no dictionary has ever been able to define the difference between ‘Complete’ and ‘Finished’

Why is a 2021 Climate Change Conference Called COP26?
Josef Essberger
How can COP stand for Climate Change Conference?

Phrasal Verb: GET OUT
Josef Essberger
How to use the phrasal verb GET OUT in the imperative

From Whitewash to Greenwash
Josef Essberger
GREENWASHING is a fairly recent idea – deliberately making a company’s products and activities look “greener” than they really are. Classic public relations BS!

Mayday – international distress signal
Josef Essberger
The meaning of Mayday in international communications and how it came to be

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

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

Farewell to Holland
Josef Essberger
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
Josef Essberger
The fact of the matter is that sometimes you need time to think.

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

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

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

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

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