Rewilding the cityscape

Going back to nature is positive. According to Collins COBUILD dictionary, it means you want to “return to a simpler way of living”, sparked by a wish to revert to that never-never land, to that mythical Eden before the fateful apple was gnawed – or the horseless carriage invented. Read More
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Spanish word of the week: antipático

antipático ADJECTIVE unfriendly, unpleasant Antipático is the exact opposite of simpático (another Word of the week), and you use it when someone is unfriendly or unpleasant. Es el tipo más antipático que conozco. He’s the most unpleasant guy I know. If you don’t like someone, you can use the… Read More

It’s VE Day. “We’ll metaphor again…

don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll metaphor again some sunny day.” Throughout World War II Dame Vera Lynn buoyed people’s spirits with her classic song, “We’ll Meet Again”. Today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of that war, which devastated Europe and cost untold millions… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: simpático

simpático ADJECTIVE nice; friendly Today we will be looking at the ‘false friend’ simpático. Be careful not to use sympathetic as a translation. It means nice or friendly. To say sympathetic in Spanish use the adjective comprensivo. Compare these examples: Estuvo muy simpática con todos. She was… Read More

“Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”

“No man is an island, entire of itself.” The truth of John Donne’s powerful aphorism has gone on receiving heart-warming confirmation – often in unexpected ways – during the current pandemic. For a start, in the UK the appeal for volunteers to help support the NHS in its darkest… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: campo

el campo NOUN country; countryside; field The main meanings of the Spanish word campo are country, countryside and field: Prefiero vivir en el campo. I prefer living in the country. El campo se pone verde en primavera. The countryside turns green in springtime. un campo de… Read More

From lockdown to love: the words we are looking up

Quarantine has emerged as the word that dictionary users are searching for most frequently during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It accounted for about 1% of all searches on the website, and more than twice as many as the next most frequent search word, which turns… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: caso

el caso NOUN case Caso is a frequent word which comes into a lot of idiomatic phrases. Here we’ll look at some of them. First of all, its basic meaning, case: En casos así es mejor callarse. In cases like this it’s better to keep quiet. In… Read More