New words – 4 October 2021

finfluencer noun [C] UK /ˈfɪn.flu.ən.səʳ/ US /ˈfɪn.flu.ən.sɚ/ someone who attracts followers on social media through giving financial advice Becoming a finfluencer can be highly lucrative. On TikTok the hashtag #FinTok has been viewed more than 340 million times … But as lucrative as this trend may be for those who make it to the top …

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New words – 31 January 2022

clean inboxer noun [C] UK /ˌkliːn ˈɪn.bɒk.səʳ/ US /ˌkliːn ˈɪn.bɑːk.sɚ/ someone who reads and takes action on every email they receive when they receive it, so that there are never any unread emails in their inbox As a fellow clean inboxer, I’ll give you the same advice a former boss gave me after a 4-week …

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New words – 10 January 2022

supercold noun [C] UK /ˈsuː.pə.kəʊld/ US /ˈsuː.pɚ.koʊld/ a cold that has more serious symptoms than most colds and is often mistaken for Covid-19 A pharmacy chain has released advice for people unsure whether they’re suffering from coronavirus or a “supercold” … As the weather gets colder and winter approaches, there has been a surge in …

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Unless you leave now… : Using conditionals (2)

by Liz Walter My last post looked at the basic building blocks of first, second and third conditionals. This post gives a little bit more detail about common variations we can use.

New words – 1 February 2021

slow map noun [C] UK /ˈsləʊ.mæp/ US /ˈsloʊ.mæp/ a map that shows the best walking routes between different places Part of the government’s official transport advice during the pandemic has been “walk, if you can” … However, once you venture away from your local neighbourhood, it is not always obvious how to find the best …

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New words – 9 November 2020

As men are now being encouraged to talk more and be more open with our feelings, there seems to be a correlation with the rise of the ‘mancom’. That’s a male romantic comedy, as if you didn’t know.[Sunday Telegraph, 20 September 2020] Kindie noun [U]/ˈkɪn.di/a style of music that appeals equally to children and adults …

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New words – 19 October 2020

medfluencer noun [C] UK /ˈmed.flu.ən.səʳ/ US /ˈmed.flu.ən.sɚ/ a medical doctor who gives advice, recommends products etc. on social media He is a pin-up, albeit one mainly in scrubs. Kharma is part of a new set of social media stars called the medfluencers, doctors with thousands of Instagram followers and YouTube channels where videos get millions …

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I think you should apologise: giving advice and making suggestions

by Liz Walter We all have times when we want to give advice to someone or to make a suggestion about something they could do to solve a problem. However, it’s not always easy to do that without giving offence, so this post looks at a range of language you could use in this situation. The …

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Bubbles and a breakthrough: the language of COVID (update)

by Kate Woodford In February of 2020, my colleague Liz Walter wrote a post on the language of COVID-19: Quarantine, carriers and face masks: the language of the coronavirus. Today, I’m looking at some of the many COVID-related words and phrases that we are using almost a year later.

Fools rush in: proverbs in English (1)

by Liz Walter Proverbs may seem rather old-fashioned or strange but when I started thinking about writing this post, I was amazed to realize how many of them are in common use. They serve as a convenient shorthand for something that would often be more complicated to say in a different way. We frequently use …

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