Author Archives: Dr. Jeff McQuillan

To Paris, With Love

By now you have heard the news of the huge (large) fire in Notre-Dame, the Catholic cathedral (main church) of Paris, and one of the finest (best) pieces of architecture in the world. Like millions around the world, I watched … Continue reading

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Pushback

If you read American newspapers, you might see the word “pushback.” Here’s a recent headline (title of newspaper story) from the website Politico: Trump cranks up (increases) his pushback against Dems (Democrats) demanding his tax returns The noun pushback refers … Continue reading

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3 Business Buzzwords for 2019

A buzzword is a word or phrase that has become very popular in a certain field or area. There are buzzwords in science, politics, business, and just about every type of work. Some buzzwords replace more common (and often simpler) … Continue reading

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“It’s Not My First Rodeo”

One of the stranger idioms in modern American English is the expression, “It’s not my first rodeo.” What does it mean, and why do we say it? The expression means that you have experience doing something, that you know what … Continue reading

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Green is Not Just for the Irish

Last Sunday (March 17th) was Saint Patrick’s Day, which millions of Irish and those of Irish descent (came originally from Ireland) celebrated. The color most often associated with (linked to; connected to) Ireland is green. It is customary (common) for … Continue reading

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Los Angeles is #1, Baby!

So this happened:* Los Angeles has recently been found to have the MOST “aggressive” drivers in the United States. I always knew my city was #1 in something. We’re number one in idiot drivers! To be aggressive means to act … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room

What does it mean when we talk about the “elephant in the room”? Find out in this English With Your Coffee episode: ~Jeff P.S. A small error in the captioning at the end of the video: It should say “my … Continue reading

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This is the Army, Mr. (and Ms.?) Jones

My father served in (was a member of) the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. Like millions of other young men his age (he was 18 in 1941, when the U.S. entered … Continue reading

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Saying “I Do”

George Carlin (1937-2008) was an American comedian, a person whose job is to tell jokes or funny stories. He was a stand-up comic, someone who told jokes in front of an audience, and he was very successful. Carlin was often … Continue reading

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As the Crow Files

If you ask an Angeleno (a person living in Los Angeles) the distance between two places, you’re more likely to get an answer in minutes, not miles. That’s because there’s one thing all Angelenos have to contend with (deal with; … Continue reading

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