Archive for October, 2013

  • Language tip of the week: lose vs loose

    Posted by on October 31, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the spelling of the words lose and loose: Don’t confuse lose (a verb) […]

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  • Stories behind words: loophole

    Posted by on October 30, 2013

    There was a news story in the UK last week about the government’s failure to “close a tax loophole which costs the UK economy at least £500m a year”. A loophole is, according to the Macmillan Dictionary, “something that has been left out of a law or legal document that people can use to avoid obeying […]

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  • Learn English through our monthly topic

    Posted by on October 29, 2013

    If you follow our social Learn English feed you’ll know that since July we’ve been helping you learn English by exploring Macmillan Dictionary through focusing on particular topics. July was sports English month, August holiday English and September travel English. Over the last month we’ve been exploring content that is relevant to the topic of family. […]

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  • ’Scuse me, squire – ’tis just aphaeresis

    Posted by on October 28, 2013

    Anyone familiar with the French title (L’Étranger) of Albert Camus’s famous novel The Stranger, also known as The Outsider, would be right to assume an etymological connection between étranger and stranger. While Old French estrange became étrange in modern French, it lost the first ‘e’ entirely in English, to become strange. This is an example […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 25th October, 2013

    Posted by on October 25, 2013

    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit […]

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  • Language tip of the week: machine

    Posted by on October 24, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with other ways of saying machine: device: a small machine that has been designed […]

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  • Stories behind Words: iconoclast

    Posted by on October 23, 2013

    London’s Tate Britain gallery has a new exhibition called “Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm”, which will explore “the history of physical attacks on art in Britain from the 16th century to the present day”. This invokes the original – now rare – meaning of iconoclast, as someone who broke or destroyed “icons” (or […]

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  • Word roots and routes: way, road, street

    Posted by on October 21, 2013

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. Way is a very frequent word whose original meaning – path or road – survives mainly in compounds, e.g. highway, motorway, railway, runway, and in names of footpaths, e.g. the Pennine Way, and streets, e.g. Castle Way. It owes its frequency […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 18th October, 2013

    Posted by on October 18, 2013

    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit […]

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  • Language tip of the week: avoid

    Posted by on October 17, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the verb avoid: Avoid is never used with an infinitive. It is followed […]

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