New words – 20 November 2023

conversational commerce noun [U] UK /ˌkɒn.vəˈseɪ.ʃən.əl ˈkɒm.ɜːs/ US /ˌkɑːn.vɚˈseɪ.ʃən.əl ˈkɑː.mɝːs/ the use of chatbots and other machine learning technology to make people feel they are talking to a real person when they buy things, ask for advice etc. online With conversational commerce, customers can get quick answers to important questions, easily purchase items without having …

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New words – 25 September 2023

bucket budgeting noun [U] /ˈbʌk.ɪt ˌbʌdʒ.ɪtɪŋ/ a way of organizing your finances that involves saving money in a different bank account for each type of bill or purchase “Bucket budgeting”, sometimes referred to as “bucketing”, is basically a modern version of “envelope budgeting”. The key difference between the two is that with bucket budgeting, instead …

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New words – 6 November 2023

September Surge noun [C] UK /sepˌtem.bə ˈsɜːdʒ/ US /sepˌtem.bɚ ˈsɝːdʒ/ an increase in job vacancies that is said to happen in September every year Dust off your resume, rewrite your cover letters and start posting on LinkedIn. That’s the advice we’re hearing for recruiters as we head into the fall and enter the “September Surge,” …

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Plucking up courage: talking about being brave

Listen to the author reading this blog post: by Liz Walter Everyone has times when they have to do things that scare them, and there are lots of different ways to talk about this.

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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Look out! Talking about being careful.

by Liz Walter It is natural to want our family and friends to be safe, and this post looks at words connected with being careful – both for advising people to be careful and for describing careful people and actions.

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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