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Business or Busyness

Business or Busyness

Business OR Busyness A common mistake amongst English students is the spelling of Business. Bussyness, bizness, buziness, bussiness and bussnis are just some of the spellings I’ve seen! To remember, think – business is full of busy-ness (busi-ness)! Busy = have a lot to do, occupied with many things. Of course it’s spelt nothing like […]

Woodward English Quote

Happy man in a happy place

The Quote “It is impossible for a man to be made happy by putting him in a happy place, unless he be first in a happy state.” Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683), English philosopher and theologian VOCABULARY Unless = except if State = the condition of a person or thing Thoughts on the Quote Often when we […]

English Idioms and Slang

Over the moon – Idiom

I’m over the moon! To be over the moon = to be extremely happy It’s a four-day weekend, and I found money in the street! I’m over the moon right now. I got the job! I’m over the moon! VOCABULARY Moon = the large natural satellite which orbits the earth, most commonly seen at night. […]

English Joke of the Week

Can I get a second opinion?

THE JOKE Doctor: “You are very sick.” Patient: “Can I get a second opinion?” Doctor: “Yes, you are very ugly too…”     VOCABULARY Second opinion = a diagnosis from another doctor to ensure that the first diagnosis was correct. Literally, it means two opinions. Get in this question means (to) obtain.   Why is […]

Desert the dessert in the desert

Desert the dessert in the desert

Desert the dessert in the desert! Desert can be a verb and a noun though with two completely different meanings. To Desert means to leave without intending to return. It can also mean to abandon. A Desert is a dry place which receives very little rainfall. The verb is pronounced with the stress on ‘sert’- […]

Woodward English Quote

The foolish man wonders at the unusual

The Quote “The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1801-1892) American essayist, poet and philosopher VOCABULARY Foolish = a person with bad judgment and sense To wonder = to think about or question Wise = to have good judgment based on knowledge and experience […]

Burgers and Sausages

Burgers and Sausages

Burgers and Sausages Many people wonder why a hamburger is called a hamburger when it doesn’t contain any ham – it only contains beef (or it should only contain beef, you never know what is really in it!). But a hamburger doesn’t relate to the meat it contains but rather the place it came from […]

English Idioms and Slang

To spill the beans

To spill the beans = to confess; reveal a secret, to tell the truth, usually accidentally. To Spill (verb) = to cause something to fall out of a container, such as water from a glass Beans (noun) = the kidney-shaped seeds of certain vegetables such as peas To spill the beans is similar to let […]

English Joke of the Week

I was born in California

THE JOKE Man: “I was born in California.” Woman: “Which part?” Man: “All of me.”   Why is it funny? The woman is asking which part (or area) in California the man was born in, such as San Francisco, or another city. Instead the man replies with ‘all of me’ as if the woman had […]