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January 2017

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: fine

As an adjective, fine has many meanings. In reference to things, it can mean ‘of superior quality,’ ‘delicate in texture,’ or ‘sharp.’ If you’re talking about people or emotions, it means ‘skilled,’ ‘refined,’ or ‘healthy.’ When you’re talking about the weather, it means ‘sunny and dry,’ although not necessarily hot. It also means ‘very thin.’ As a noun….

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: roughly

Roughly is an adverb with two different meanings. It means ‘almost’ or ‘approximately’ and it also means ‘in a violent manner’ or ‘without precision.’ You may remember this second meaning from the adjective rough.

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cheese

Cheese is a noun you will probably know for its most common meaning: a usually yellow or white food made from milk curds. Informally and always used with the adverb off, in UK English, cheese is a verb that means to annoy or exasperate someone, although this term is a little dated now. As a slang term, it also means to stop or desist and is most often used in the expression “cheese it,” but this is also dated and now quite rare. Of course, if you have ever taken a picture…

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