Word of the day: prescribe

If you're ill and go to the doctor’s, once the doctor has examined you and discussed your symptoms, they'll usually prescribe some medicine to help you get better. The doctor usually writes a prescription which you then take to the…

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Word of the day: pop-up

Apologies for not having written one of these word / chunk of the day posts for quite some time. I've just been up to my ears in work these last few weeks, although I must admit I have also actually…

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Word of the day: nippy

After an Indian summer - a period of warm weather in autumn, a time when it's usually pretty cold - that seemed to last for ever, London has suddenly turned really cold. Over the last few days, temperatures have plummeted and at…

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Word of the day: schlep

In a recent post on the word pogrom, we looked at language connected to the dark human tendency to blame and attack others when things start going wrong in society. We mentioned the anti-Jewish pogroms that occurred across Eastern Europe…

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Word of the day: pogrom

Recently, in a break from the norm, the Guardian newspaper here ran a whole series of features on the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, a megalopolis which is now nearing 30 million people! Jakarta's a city I know pretty well as…

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Word of the day: march

A march is when a large group of people walk down the streets protesting against something – or in support of something – or as a show of strength. You can go on a march or join a march. So…

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Word of the day: the all-clear

As anyone who has ever watched a loved one fight against it will know, cancer is a truly horrible disease. It affects both patients and their families in such a traumatic way that no-one will ever be able to look…

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Word of the day: R&R

R and R stands for rest and relaxation, rather than rock and roll. So if you are having a bit of R&R, you are having a break or a holiday where you are doing very little other than lying around…

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Word of the day: goal fest

It's fair to say that it'd been quite a while since we had a classic World Cup final. In 2006, Italy won a  fairly dull match on penalties; in 2010, Spain beat the Dutch one-nil and Germany won by the…

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Word of the day: déjà vu

The second round of the World Cup is often when the tournament really starts coming to life. When you're in a do-or-die situation, and it's either you or your opponents who'll be going home at the end of the game,…

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