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 – 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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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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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.

Tightening your belt and wearing the trousers (Clothes idioms, Part 2)

by Kate Woodford In Part 1 of this post, we looked at English idioms containing words for items of clothing that cover the top half of the body. This week, we’re working our way down the body with idioms that include words such as ‘belt’, ‘trousers’ and ‘shoe’. (Footwear features in a surprising number of current …

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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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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.

How to stay motivated during the pandemic: What you told us, and why it matters

  By Dr Heike Krüsemann @Dr_Heike_K Motivation for language learning has changed during the pandemic – mainly because a lot of it has moved online. But how do students feel about the changes – and what is motivation anyway?