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ESL Word of the Day – Commute

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo


(Verb) To make a journey between home and work. Example: Jim commutes to Manhattan every day.

(Noun) The journey to work each day. Example: My morning commute takes 45-minutes.

ESL Word of the Day – Promotion

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo


1. A move to a more important job or position in a company or organization. Example: Your promotion to Senior Editor is now official.

2. An activity intended to help sell a product, or the product that is being promoted. Example: We are going to hold a Winter sales promotion.

3. The activity of persuading people to support something. Example: Next month will be the promotion our Summer range of clothes.

ESL Word of the Day – Scrutiny

Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo


(Noun) Careful and thorough examination of someone or something (usually to try to find mistakes).

Examples: Careful scrutiny of the company's accounts revealed a whole series of errors.

The employee was under scrutiny.

Similar words: examination, study, inspection, analysis


ESL Word of the Day – Describe

Friday, February 18, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo


To say what something or someone is like by giving details about it/them.

Example: The police asked her to describe the man; Anpther approach to the problem is described in Chapter 3.

Similar words: depict, explain


ESL Word of the Day – Govern

Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo


1. (verb) to officially and legally control a country and make all the decisions about taxes, laws, public services etc; to rule. Example: They elected new leaders to govern the country.

2. (verb) if rules, principles etc govern the way a system or situation works, they control how it happens. Examples: There is new legislation governing the export of live animals; The universe is governed by the laws of physics.


English Idiom of the Day – Go Nuts!

Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo

Go Nuts

If someone goes nuts, they get excited, frustrated or crazy about something. Examples: The passengers went nuts when they realized that their plane would be delayed by 5 hours; I will go nuts if my team wins the championship!

Did you know...?  This idiom is sometimes phrased 'driving me nuts'. Example: That constant repetitive music is driving me nuts.

Similar expressions:  Idioms with the same meaning include 'go bananas', 'driving me bananas', 'driving me round the bend', 'going round the bend'.

Origin: This expression comes from the facts that monkeys go crazy over nuts (similarly they go crazy over bananas, which is the origin of 'driving me bananas').



ESL Word of the Day – Expect

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo


1. To demand that someone does something because it is a duty or seems reasonable. Examples: I expect you to clean your room before you leave the house / The officer expects complete obedience from his troops.

2. To think that something will happen because it seems likely or has been planned. Examples: I expect to be back within a week / I didn't expect him to stay so long.

3. To believe that someone or something is going to arrive. Examples: I am expecting a package to arrive by 3.00pm / Snow is expected on the weekend.

Did you know...?  If someone says a woman is 'expecting' it means she is pregnant and is 'expecting' the arrival of a baby soon.


ESL Word of the Day – Include

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo

Include (verb)

1. To make someone or something part of a larger group or set.  Example: The team is stronger now they've included John.

2. If one thing includes another, the second thing is part of the first. Example: Does the price include postage?

Similar words: comprise, consist of, made up of.