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That’s a Contronym. Yes it is. No it’s not.

The English language is full of quirks (strange things). One of them is contronyms. Contronyms are words with two opposite meanings. Knowing which of its meanings is being used depends on the context (the words around it). Here are two contronyms … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Halloween

It’s Halloween and you’re watching your favorite horror (scary) film today. Can you hear it? It’s the squeak (making a high-pitched sound) of an old door, a high-pitched (with high sounds) scream, the sound of thunder (loud crashing sound during storms). These are all … Continue reading

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Yiddish Words in Daily English

The Yiddish language originated in Central Europe in the 9th century A.D., spoken largely by the Jewish communities there. It spread to other parts of Europe (especially Germany), and was widely spoken in several countries prior to World War II. … Continue reading

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Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?

*punk: a worthless person; a young and inexperienced person, who believes he or she is very skilled and knowledgeable –> “Who is that punk? He says he can beat anyone in a game of tennis.” *to have (got) nothing on … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jeff!

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The Darwin Award

The Darwin Award is an honor (award or prize) that is given as a joke to people who have done stupid things to hurt themselves badly or even to kill themselves. It is given out each year. The “award” was … Continue reading

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The Legendary Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip is a mile and a half stretch (length) of road located on Sunset Boulevard in the middle of Los Angeles, not too far from Beverly Hills. It is legendary (very famous) for its restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, but also … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Westerns

It’s summertime! Lots of students on summer vacation are flocking to (going to in large numbers) movie theaters. Students today may be surprised to learn how popular Westerns were before the 1970s. They may be more surprised to learn that some … Continue reading

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Are You a Pig, Owl, Beaver, or Clam?

Animals and people have a lot in common, if language is any indicator (something that shows the current state or level of something). We compare people to animals all the time, whether it’s because of their appearance (how they look), … Continue reading

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“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”

June is here and weddings are in the air (all around us). June is the most popular month for Americans to get married. The second most popular month is October. December is the most common month to get engaged (promised to … Continue reading

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