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July 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: boil

You might already know that to boil means ‘to change from a liquid to a gas as a result of heat’ and, in everyday life, ‘to cook or be cooked in boiling water,’ or ‘to hold boiling water,’ as kettles do. Figuratively, to boil means ‘to be in an agitated or violent state’ and also ‘to be in the grip of a strong emotion,’ usually…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: slash

To slash means ‘to cut with a violent stroke’ and, figuratively, to ‘cut or reduce,’ as might be done with salaries, budgets, or prices. Figuratively, mainly in US English, to slash also means ‘to criticize harshly.’ As a noun, a slash is a sweeping stroke, a wound inflicted by such a stroke, or a reduction. In clothing, it is a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gloom

As a noun, gloom means ‘total or partial darkness’ and, poetically, it might also mean ‘a dim or dark place.’ Figuratively, gloom is a state of deep sadness or depression, and this is where the adjective gloomy comes from. You won’t hear gloom as a verb very often, but if you do, it means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: jolly

Jolly is now quite a dated word, but you will often hear it in older movies or read it in older books, especially British ones. As an adjective, jolly means ‘merry or in a good mood,’ if we’re talking about people, and it means ‘cheerful and festive,’ if we’re talking about events. As a verb, if you jolly someone into something or jolly someone along that means you keep them happy, especially in order to…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pith

Pith is the soft, white substance found inside the rinds of some fruits, especially citrus fruits. Pith is also the soft, spongy tissue in found in the stems of plants or in the trunks of trees and, if we are talking about animals, it is the soft inner part of a feather or hair. Figuratively, the pith is the…

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