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English Idiom of the Day – Tip of the Iceberg

Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 01:02 PM
posted by Jo

Tip of the Iceberg

If something is said to be 'the tip of the iceberg' it means that something is only a small part of a much bigger problem.   The 'tip of the iceberg' is the part of a problem that can be easily observed, but not the rest of it, which is hidden.

Example: The problems that you see here now are just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous disasters waiting to happen.

Origin:  This idiom comes from the fact that only the tip of an iceberg can be seen and the rest of the iceberg, which is much larger, is underneath the water and cannot be seen.

ESL Word of the Day – Adventure

Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

Adventure

(Noun) - An exciting experience in which dangerous, unusual or fun things happen. Example: We had a great adventure in the jungle today;  Are there any adventure movies on at the cinema?

Willingness to try new things and take risks. Example: Come on - where's your sense of adventure?

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English Idiom of the Day – Cloud Nine

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

Cloud Nine

To be on 'cloud nine' means you are extremely happy or blissful.

Example: For a few days after I heard I'd got the job, I was on cloud nine.

Did you know...?  This idiom originates in the fact that weather experts classify cloud nine as a particular type of cloud that is white and fluffy and very high up in the sky. To be up high in the sky is likened to paradise or being happy.

Idiom with similar meaning: To be 'over the moon'

ESL Word of the Day – Commute

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

Commute

(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

Promotion

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.

English Idiom of the Day – Don’t push my buttons

Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 06:02 PM
posted by Jo

Don't push my buttons

"Don't push my buttons" can be said to someone who is starting to annoy you.

Example: I am not in a good mood right now. Do not push my buttons.

If someone "knows how to push your buttons", it means they have found out specific things that annoy or upset you.

Example: My mother really knows how to push my buttons!

This idiom is occasionally used in a positive way to indicate that someone knows exactly the right thing to do to get people to act the way they want.

Example: He was an extremely good speaker and knew just how to push an audience's buttons to keep them interested.

ESL Word of the Day – Scrutiny

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

Scrutiny

(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

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ESL Word of the Day – Describe

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

Describe

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

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