What is a gauntlet? My students and I often discus articles related to their industries or general business topics. Often, interesting or unusual vocabulary pops up and this is one of those. It’s an expression many native speakers use, though not every day.  Gauntlet A gauntlet is a big glove with a long,  loose wrist. …

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Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Idioms

Valentine’s Day Idioms Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love. It’s an international holiday celebrated on February 14th in most countries. People celebrate the holiday differently throughout the world but wherever you celebrate, do it with someone special.  Common English Idioms About Love 1. a crush = the person you like Ex: My crush doesn’t …

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100 Common Uncommon Words book cover

100 Common Uncommon Words

100 Common Uncommon Words I’m very happy to announce the second edition of my book, 100 Common Uncommon Words, is now available as an ePub and PDF!  What’s in the book? Each page has two images, descriptions, and example sentences of the terms. Every ten words, you’ll find a review. You’ll also find all the …

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Literally vs Figuratively

Literally and Figuratively

Literally and Figuratively Figuratively Figurative expressions mean something special. The words and meaning don’t always match. “Spill the tea” means “gossip”.  Literally Literal expressions mean what they say. I really did spill my tea.  Compare the literal and figurative expressions below. Literal: The actor literally died on stage. He had a heart attack.  Figurative: The actor died …

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