New words – 12 November 2018

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brain belt noun [C]
an area of a country that attracts many intelligent people to work in modern industries and areas of new technology

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission has called for billions of pounds of infrastructure investment in the Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge ‘brain belt’, which he said could add hundreds of billions to the national economy.
[Transport Network, 17 November 2017]

headtrepreneur noun [C]
UK /ˌhed.trə.prəˈnɜːʳ/ US /ˌhed.trə.prəˈnɝː/
a headteacher who looks for and develops opportunities to raise money to provide funds for their school

Enterprising headteachers are generating hundreds of thousands of pounds for their schools to counter budget cuts. One “headtrepreneur” estimated that he brought in extra money, resources and business donations worth about £300,000 a year. Others are renting out facilities and buildings, selling staff’s professional expertise to other schools or companies or drumming up donations and money from local businesses.
[The Times, 22 June 2018]

T level noun [C]
a public exam in a technical or vocational subject, taken in England by people aged 17 or 18

The first schools and colleges that will teach new technical qualifications called T levels was announced this week, as Theresa May said that … “T levels provide a high-quality, technical alternative to A levels, ensuring thousands of people across the country have the skills we need to compete globally – a vital part of our modern industrial strategy.”
[The Times, 22 June 2018]

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5 thoughts on “New words – 12 November 2018

  1. IworshiptheLord

    Thank you so much for this new words I didn’t know !
    I knew the term “brain drain”, but not “brain belt”. Could you add “brain drain” ?

    And could you make an article about non-standard English ? I’m sure a lot of people don’t know it.
    Thank you very much !
    Waiting your answer,

      1. IworshiptheLord

        Thank you very much for your answer !
        Ok, I’ve seen “brain drain” in your dictionnary ; I didn’t thought to look in, LOL.

        I am a big user of your dictionnary, to have pronunciation of English words. And I have progressed a lot thanks to you !! 🙂

        I am French, and in final year of high school in literature.
        I have learnt the non-standard English in English’s literature, with the poem “Talking Turkeys” from Benjamin Zephaniah.

        Thank you very much in advance to post this article ; I will read and comment it !

        Have a good day,

      2. Salih Senol

        I was wondering which verb form or collocation could be used with the term ‘brain drain’ in the meaning of performing brain drain or being the subject to brain drain.
        For instance, would it be accurate to say
        lots of young people have been brain-drained to the USA in the 21st century
        The super powers brain-drain thousands of smart people from developing countries.

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