Phrase of the day: get the hang of

Yesterday morning, I took my four-year-old son trampolining. It was the first time he'd ever been and even though he was very clearly having a whale of a time bouncing around, it was also pretty clear from the rather clueless…

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Phrase of the day: can’t get the staff!

We've had quite a hectic week this week. We're putting the finishing touches to a high school book we've been working on; we've been catching up with our email backlog; and on Monday we were inspected as part of our…

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Word of the day: endorse

Like many of you out there, I suspect, I'm a rather reluctant user of LinkedIn. The site bills itself as "the world's largest professional network, with hundreds of millions of members" and promises to "connect the world's professionals ... and…

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Word of the day: mecca

As you probably know, the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia is of vital importance in Islam. It was the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the site of his first revelations of the Holy Quran. Making a pilgrimage…

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Phrase of the day: You wait ages for a bus . . .

London has much to to be proud of, but you'd be hard pushed to find anyone willing to praise the punctuality of our public transport. Whatever else it may be, London is certainly not Tokyo. In Tokyo, if a sign…

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Word of the day: bugbear

A bugbear is a pet hate – a small thing that annoys you and that you probably moan about to other people. In less polite terms, we might say that a bugbear is something that gets on your tits (strangely,…

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Word of the day: snowflake

London had its first real sprinkling of snow last weekend. It wasn't that exciting, to be honest: a couple of inches fell on Friday night, which is nothing compared to the kind of snow I'm sure many of you get…

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Word of the day: crush

It's Valentine's Day today, the one day of the year when married men panic buy the last sad bunches of flowers from garages on their drives home, restaurants double their prices and still end up fully booked weeks in advance,…

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Word of the day: zero hours

It's the question every father dreads being asked by their children. "Daddy?" a little voice will ask one day, "what's a zero-hours contract?" You dread this moment for it will signal the beginning of the end: the end of childhood,…

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Word of the day: radicalise

If a person is radicalised, something or someone makes them become more radical, more extreme in their political or religious beliefs. Over recent years, when radicalisation – the action or process of causing someone to adopt extremist positions on political…

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