Monthly Archives

August 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bundle

A bundle is a package, an item wrapped for carrying, or various items bound together. Figuratively, a large amount of something can be called a bundle and, as a slang term, a bundle means ‘a lot of money.’ As a verb, to bundle means ‘to wrap in a bundle’ and ‘to include…

Continue Reading

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: sloth

A sloth is a slow-moving, tree-dwelling tropical American animal. They have long, coarse, brown or grayish fur and big claws for gripping tree branches while hanging upside down, as they usually do. And do you know why they’re called that? Because sloth means…

Continue Reading

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: whirl

To whirl means ‘to spin quickly, turning around or aside very fast.’ To travel or to be carried along very quickly is also to whirl and, if your head whirls, it means that you’re feeling dizzy. As a noun, a whirl is the act of whirling, a whirling movement, and also a…

Continue Reading

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: clobber

Clobber is a very colloquial word. As a verb, it means ‘to hit or beat severely’ and, figuratively, in games or competitions, it means ‘to defeat completely.’ Also very colloquially, to clobber means ‘to criticize harshly.’ As a noun, in UK and Australian English, clobber means…

Continue Reading

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: dazzle

Literally, to dazzle means ‘to blind temporarily with a very bright light’ and, of lights or anything that sparkles, ‘to shine brightly.’ Figuratively, to dazzle means ‘to impress deeply’ or ‘to excite admiration.’ As a noun, dazzle is something that dazzles or…

Continue Reading