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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Word of the day: tipping point

I don’t know about you, but I love the game Jenga. I mean, what's not to like? It has everything you could want from a game: the luck of finding that loose piece you can easily move; the skill of having…

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Word of the day: pardon

I started teaching English as a Foreign Language back in 1993, and over the years I've learned lots of things from the thousands of students I've been lucky enough to meet. Perhaps the most important thing I've learned is that…

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Word of the day: pivot

There's an ancient Greek myth about a king called Sisyphus, who committed a terrible crime against the gods and was condemned to an eternity of hard labour! He was forced to spend each and every day carrying a huge boulder…

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Word of the day: pop

One of the best things about adopting a more lexical view of language is that you start to appreciate more clearly how words interact with other words, and you are then able to start passing on to students the message…

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