Category Archives: Vocab

Eggcorns. Chalk full o’ fun.

What are eggcorns? …for all intensive purposes …happen all over sudden …focus on day-today https://t.co/4vDjx1XchU pic.twitter.com/Uhqd8OYYlH — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 29, 2015   Advertisements

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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

“Why is so much writing so bad? And how can we make it better?” Professor Steven Pinker has been praised for his ability to transform extremely complex ideas and concepts into short, simple sentences. In this lecture he talks about … Continue reading

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Everyday English at University

The winter term has only just begun and here we are talking about exams already! Have a look at this list of education-related vocabulary compiled by the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary: “Learning acquire/get/lack (an) education/training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/provide somebody with … Continue reading

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Everybody loves a…

…vocab quiz! Right? Right. Here you go, three highly scientific quizzes you should be taking very seriously: How good is your English vocabulary? What is your vocabulary size? And, in line with our last post on poshness: How posh is … Continue reading

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“European Day of Languages”

Despite the rather vanilla title, the European Day of Languages proved to be a success in some circles. Here’s a somewhat amusing look at lexis via an infographic, “The European Origins of English Words.”

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How to Write a Cover Letter

When applying for jobs or internships in an English-speaking country you usually have to write a cover letter (or covering letter as it is also called in BrE) as a sort of introduction to your CV. There are, as always, … Continue reading

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How Many English Words Do You Actually Know?

Great vocab quiz for a lazy Sunday afternoon: http://www.playbuzz.com/jonb10/how-many-english-words-do-you-actually-know And here’s another, courtesy of The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/quiz/2014/aug/14/a-levels-how-big-vocabulary And while you’re at it, could you please transcribe this short video clip for us? Thanks.

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