Using ‘-ish’

I really love the sound of words ending in ‘ish‘ in English because I think they are nice to pronounce. Although there are countless words ending in ‘ish‘, I think there aren’t enough for me, so I try my best to use the suffix ‘ish’ whenever I can. Are you familiar with this suffix and [...]

Is your class as dry as dust?

The expression ‘as dry as dust‘ means ‘very boring’. Examples: 1) I love literature, but the way the teacher presents it to us is as dry as dust. 2) I don’t know how that book is a bestseller: it’s as dry as dust! There are some other expressions with the word ‘dry’ that might be [...]

K9 vocabulary

If you’ve read the first two letters of the title in English, you already know that this post is about words that relate to the canine world. As a dog lover, I thought it’d be interesting to bring some canine-related words and expressions commonly used by native speakers. Let’s start with the word dog. OK, [...]

Expressions with “Face”

  Nowadays it’s very common to hear Brazilian people saying “face” to designate Facebook. However, this post has nothing to do with that “face”! Here are some common expressions with the word “face” that might interest you. 1) Face the music Despite what some subtitlers believe, “face the music” does not mean “enfrentar a música”, [...]


Uses of ‘still’

“Be still my heart, my heart be still” “To remind you how I still love you, I still love you” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episode 18: Foes step forward in preview and stills”   As you may have noticed, the links above all contain the word ‘still’ in some form. You have probably have guessed [...]

What’s eating you?

The first time I came across this expression I was really curious as to what it could possibly mean. It appeared in the title of a movie featuring Leonardo di Caprio when he was only 19. The name of the movie is ‘What’s eating Gilbert Grape‘, and Johnny Depp plays the Gilbert from the title. [...]

What’s ‘feat’?

“What’s ‘feat’? It’s in so many songs!” Have you noticed that now almost any song contains the name of a singer and then ‘feat.’ and then another name? If you haven’t, pay close attention to the top hit songs in any music chart and you’ll see. Take a look at these examples from iTunes this [...]

Idiomatic fruits

We all know idioms are widely used in English. All types of words can be part of an idiom, and a special group is the one about fruits. Apples, pears, bananas, peaches, cherries, etc. They can all be used idiomatically. For this post, I have selected the most common so that if you ever come [...]

It ain’t that, ain’t it?

You probably have across ain’t either while reading, listening to a song, or even watching a movie. Ain’t is not really what you could call proper English, so it should never be used for academic writing; however, it is commonly used either in American or British English. But what is ain’t exactly and how is [...]

In time x on time x by the time

This is another very common doubt among students: when to use in time, on time and by the time.   In time: It means something like ‘a bit before something happens’. Examples: 1) I had to hurry and fortunately I got to the office in time to start the meeting. 2) Do you think we’ll [...]