Word of the day: lockdown

So after weeks of umming and ahing, it's finally happened: the UK has been placed on lockdown. It's strange to find myself describing daily life here using a phrase I used to mainly associate with prisons: if there has been…

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Word of the day: woke

Burger King have recently launched their first plant-based burger - the Rebel Whopper – a move that you might imagine would please many vegetarians and vegans. However, the new offering has caused controversy for two reasons. Firstly, there's the fact…

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Word of the day: pandemic

Wherever you are in the world, the news over the last few weeks has almost certainly been dominated by one story - the ongoing efforts to stop – or at least contain – the spread of Covid-19, a disease better…

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Word of the day: (the) MSM

MSM sounds like an unfortunate disease that someone might suffer from - a cancer that's spreading and eating away at your insides, for instance. Maybe that similarity is deliberate, because what we are talking about here is the mainstream media,…

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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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