Words in the news

This post is based on an extra-curricular activity that I encouraged students to pursue for the length of a month.

By facebooking WORDS IN THE NEWS taken from every working day’s headlines, I intended to inspire them to do the same. Some did so and shared them with me. Others went the extra mile and declared their intention to keep going after the month is finished. 

WORDS IN THE NEWS (every working day for a month)

In order of appearance on the Facebook group: Ingles Vitoria

Words in the news: Weekdaily for a month

The clocks GO BACK/TURN BACK this weekend.  

Meaning: when the clocks go back, everyone changes the time on their clocks so that they show a time that is one hour earlier than before. (Macmillan Dictionary)

To read the article, click here. 

Scientist ends AIR-TIGHT dome experiment 

Meaning: completely sealed

To find out what point he is trying to make by going into the dome in the first place, click in the link below

To read the article, click here. 

Jamal Khashoggi: Journalist ‘was ENTICED to Istanbul consulate from Saudi embassy in DC’ 

Meaning: persuade someone to go to a place or do something.

To read the article, click here. 

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won A SWEEPING VICTORY in Brazil’s presidential election. 

Meaning: extensive

Other words that collocate with SWEEPING are: changes or reforms.

To read the article, click here. 

Search STEPPED UP after Indonesia plane crash 

Meaning: (here) increase

Nouns frequently used with step up: attack, campaign, efforts, fight, pace, pressure, production, search, security

Also: take action when it is needed (=volunteer)

To read the article, click here. 

Brexit: Theresa May RULES OUT holding another referendum despite mass Final Say protest 

Meaning: to stop considering something as a possibility or dismiss it.

To read the article, click here. 

Ross Edgley’s 157-day swim around Great Britain SETS NEW BENCHMARK in endurance swimming 

Benchmark: standard of excellence (punto de referencia, referente) 

To read the article, click here. 

U.S. billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates UNVEILED on Tuesday in Beijing a futuristic toilet that doesn’t need water or sewers and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer. 

Meaning: reveal for the first time

To read the article, click here. 

‘SINGLE-USE’ has been named Collins’ Word of the Year, popularised by the increasing call to ban materials that damage the environment and pollute the food chain. 

Meaning: Made to be used once only and blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain.

To read the article, click here. 

Ryanair sacks cabin crew pictured ‘sleeping on airport floor’ 

One of the STRANDED crew members said the photo was “taken as a protest to prove Ryanair gave us no other option to rest after more than 12 hours on duty in some cases”.

Meaning of STRANDED:  Unable to leave, like tourists at an airport, train station, etc. Also a boat, whale left on the land and unable to return to the water. 

To read the article, click here. 

Australian woman accused of starting a nation-wide FOOD SCARE has been charged with seven accounts of food contamination 

Meaning: The response to a food incident (real or perceived) that causes a sudden disruption to the food supply chain and to food consumption patterns.

To read the article, click here. 

Have advent calendars for adults PEAKED already? 

Meaning: reached its highest peak. 

To read the article, click here. 

Aung San Suu Kyi STRIPPED OF Amnesty award after ‘shameful betrayal of values’ over Rohingya. 

Meaning: [transitive] strip somebody of something to take away property or honours from somebody, as a punishment. For other meanings of strip, go to the Oxford dictionary web.

To read the article, click here. 

.From GHOSTING to OVERSHARING: the new rules of breakups 


Ghosting: When a person cuts off all communication with their friends or the person they’re dating.

Oversharing: Sharing too much personal information about yourself:

To read the article, click here. 

British pound PLUNGES again amid Brexit chaos 

Meaning: to become lower in value or level very suddenly and quickly:

To read the article, click here. 

The remote UK community living OFF-GRID. 


Not using the public supplies of electricity, water, gas, etc. 

To read the article, click here. 

Six teens charged over elite school HAZING in a private Catholic all-boys school in Toronto. 

Meaning: Playing tricks on somEbody, especially a new student, or to give them very unpleasant things to do, sometimes as a condition for entering a fraternity. 

To read the article, click here. 

Spain at the top for VERBAL STREET HARASSMENT, study finds. 

Meaning: Street harassment consists of unwanted comments, gestures, whistlings, catcalling, etc given by strangers to, generally speaking, women passing by. 

To read the article, click here. 

Obesity surge SPARKS youth Type 2 diabetes warning 

Meaning: to cause something to start or develop, especially suddenly. 

Note: SURGE= sudden increase 

To read the article, click here. 

Shoppers queue outside POP-UP Amazon STORE as Black Friday kicks off early 

Meaning: Pop-up shops or stores are temporary spaces that sell merchandise of any kind. Aiming to launch a new product, move inventory or connect with customers, among others, they stay open for a period that can go between 3 days to 3 months.

To read the article, click here. 


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