Category Archives: News and Current Events

Headline English: Double Meanings

Today’s episode of my little video experiment, Headline English, talks about how newspaper headlines often use phrases and words with more than one meaning as a way of grabbing (getting) your attention. -Jeff

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Comparing Countries the Easy Way

If you read the news, you’ll often see one country compared to others using many different indices (measures; the singular is “index”). Many times, these indices have to do with political, economic, and social comparisons (looking for similarities and difference between … Continue reading

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Headline English: Hacking the IRS

Here’s another edition of Headline English, where I talk about some of vocabulary found in American newspapers. Today I talk about the hacking scandal at the Internal Revenue Service. Note: Slight correction – the actual number of accounts hacked was … Continue reading

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The Running Of The Interns

You may have heard of the Running of the Bulls (male cows) in Spain, especially the most famous in Pamplona, or seen it on television. This yearly event began many years ago to solve the problem of moving bulls from the corrals … Continue reading

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Headline English: A Video Experiment

I’m trying a little video experiment today. I decided today that instead of writing my blog post, I’d just shoot a little video. I did this first thing this morning, as I was drinking my morning coffee (and before I … Continue reading

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Headline English: Private Equity’s Latest Fix

Here’s a headline from a recent Wall Street Journal article: Private Equity’s Latest Fix: Auto-Body Repair A lot of newspaper headlines (titles of articles) are based on a “double meaning” of one of the words, where one word has two … Continue reading

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Not All Hobbies are Created Equal

As people get older, one of their biggest concerns is the loss of memory, of not being able to remember things. Most people know that keeping active is important, but not all activities are created equal (are the same; have the … Continue reading

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A World Cup of Something Else

The World Cup is in full swing (is already in progress), and millions of people around the world are watching their favorite teams compete (play against each other). Even here in the U.S., there are millions who watch soccer (or … Continue reading

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The Five-Second Rule

I have always thought that the five-second rule was stupid. The five-second rule is the belief that if food falls on the floor and you pick it up within five seconds, it’s safe to eat. Well, there’s actually some evidence … Continue reading

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Let Me See Your ID Again

When we think of IDs (identification documents), we often think that having our photo on it makes it impossible for anyone else to use it. That’s not necessarily (100%) true. A study published recently tested how well people spotted (identified; … Continue reading

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