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English Idiom of the Day – Bite the Bullet

Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 04:01 PM
posted by English with Jo

Bite the Bullet

To bite the bullet is to make yourself do something or accept something difficult or unpleasant.

Example Usage: They decided to bite the bullet and pay the extra for the house they really wanted;  Car drivers are biting the bullet after another rise in petrol prices.

Did you know...?   It is thought that this phrase originated from the practice, during war, of having a patient bite on a bullet to help them cope with the pain of surgery, if anesthetic were not available. 

ESL Word of the Day – Schedule

Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 12:01 PM
posted by Jo

Schedule

(Noun) - A plan of what someone is going to do and when they are going to do it; A list that shows the times that buses, trains etc leave or arrive at a particular place.

Example Usage: The majority of holiday flights depart and arrive on schedule;

Could you please check the train schedule for tomorrow?

Did you know...?  The word 'schedule' was the Oxford Dictionary's 173rd most-viewed word last year.

ESL Word of the Day- Appreciate

Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 02:01 PM
posted by Jo

Appreciate

To recognise the significance, importance or value of something; To understand how good or useful someone or something is.

Example Usage: "We appreciate that caring for children is an important job"; "I really appreciate the help you gave me with my assignment"

Did you know...?  The word 'appreciate' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 500 most-viewed words last year.

English Idiom of the Day – Better Safe Than Sorry

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
posted by English with Jo

Better Safe Than Sorry

It's better to proceed in a safe manner than to proceed and be sorry you took that action.  Something that you say which means it is best not to take risks even if it seems boring or hard work to be careful.

Example Usage:  "Should I take my umbrella today?"  Answer: "Yes, I think  you should - better safe than sorry!"

"Do I have to wear my seatbelt, we are only driving around the corner?" Answer: "Yes, better safe than sorry"

ESL Word of the Day – Enhance

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
posted by Jo

Enhance

To improve something; To make greater, as in value, beauty, or effectiveness.

Example Usage:  The candlelight enhanced her beauty; Rarity enhances the value of old coins.

Did you know...? The word 'enhance' was the Oxford Dictionary's 190th most-viewed word last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Research

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 01:01 PM
posted by Jo

Research

Serious study of a subject, in order to discover new facts or test new ideas.

Example usage: I am going research for my school project.

Did you know...? The word 'research' was the Oxford Dictionary's 57th most-viewed word last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Diversity

Friday, January 7, 2011 @ 02:01 PM
posted by Jo

Diversity

The fact of including many different types of people or things.

Example Usage: The curriculum will take account of the ethnic diversity of the population.

Did you know...? The word 'diversity' was the Oxford Dictionary's 37th most-viewed word last year.

Top 25 Nouns and Their Meaning

Thursday, January 6, 2011 @ 07:01 PM
posted by Jo

Top 25 Nouns

A noun is a word used to name a person, animal, place, thing or concept.   Over half the words in the English language are nouns.  Here is a list of the top 25 nouns from the Oxford English Dictionary.

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