Turning over a new leaf: idioms and phrases for the New Year

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by Liz Walter

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New Year is a time when we often take stock of our life (think about what is good or bad about it). We may feel that we should draw a line under the past (finish with it and forget about it) and make a fresh start. This post looks at idioms and other phrases connected with this phenomenon.

If we decide to stop doing something we consider to be bad and to start behaving in a better way, we can say that we are going to turn over a new leaf. We might decide to kick a habit such as smoking (stop doing it), have a crack at (try) a new hobby, or even leave a dead-end job (one with no chance of promotion) or finish a relationship that isn’t going anywhere.

Of course, many of these things are difficult. You…

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Getting into the holiday spirit? Idioms and phrases for family gatherings

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by Liz Walter

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At this time of year, many people around the world gather with their families to celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and other festivals. Relatives come to stay with you, share large meals, and give presents. It sounds lovely, doesn’t it? But when families get together, there can be tension, too. This post looks at some common idioms and phrases that we use to describe what can happen when families have a little too much togetherness.

In our dreams, we imagine cosy family meals with the kids on their best behaviour and everyone being careful to steer clear of(avoid) those topics they know will cause Great-Uncle Henry to go off on one (UK )/go off on someone (US). We want our parties to go (UK) / go off (US) with a bang  (be very successful) so that everyone has a whale…

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Cambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2016

Why “paranoid” is the word of the year 2016?

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It’s that time again, when publishers reveal the word or words that they believe encapsulate the year. As many readers will know from previous years, we like to base our word on what our millions of users worldwide have been looking up over the course of the year. And what a year it’s been: in June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, causing great uncertainty in the UK and across Europe (even now, the only certainty we have is that Brexit means Brexit); then, in November, after a vicious and divisive campaign, the people of the United States elected businessman Donald Trump as President ahead of Hillary Clinton, in one of the most extraordinary political stories of modern times. Add to this the ongoing backdrop of a bloody civil war in Syria, several terrorist attacks around the world and numerous celebrity deaths

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What is phubbing?

New word added to Oxford Dictionaries:

“Phubbing refers to the practice of ignoring one’s companion or companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or other mobile device. The word is a blend of phone and snub. It was invented in 2012 …”

The complete article is available at: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/05/phub-made-eat-words/?utm_source=new-newsletter-june1&utm_medium=email&utm_content=new-words-phubbing&utm_campaign=od-newsletter

Source: OxfordWords Blog