Nik Peachey, who blogs about the uses of IT in English language teaching, is starting a publishing company. Teachers who write ELT materials are invited to sign up.
You can read about it here.
The publishers of TheFreeDictionary have an online game called WordHub.
Make words from the 7 letters before your time runs out.
It is similar to Boggle, which you can also play online.
TheFreeDictionary includes a thesaurus with word diagrams. For example, the word influence:
(The diagram may or may not appear above this line.)
A similar tool is Visuwords.
The World Chess Championship is in its final stages in London. To follow the news reports, you need to know a few chess terms.
Besides the game’s specialized vocabulary, these are words commonly found on the same web pages as chess: Continue reading →
The suffix -ful can mean as much as something will hold. For example, a spoonful of sugar is as much sugar as a spoon will hold. (It is the title of a famous song in the film Mary Poppins.)
The suffix is common with containers:
- a bagful of cash
- a sackful of presents
- a basketful of eggs
- a barrelful of monkeys
- a plateful of food
- a bowlful of jelly
- a hatful of goals
It is also used with parts of the body:
- a handful of dust
- an armful of flowers
- a fistful of dollars
- a bellyful of fighting
- an earful of complaints
- an eyeful of beauty
and transport, buildings, etc.:
- a planeful of passengers
- a houseful of guests
- a roomful of strangers
- a streetful of people
besides many other words. In fact, you can even add it to (usually short) nouns to make new words:
- a blogful of bigotry
- a laptopful of viruses
- a phoneshopful of INTO students.
A comment on punctuation from an American lumber firm.
Source: Language Log
Do you know which country’s citizens go to the cinema most often? It’s Iceland, followed by South Korea and Singapore.
The Economist‘s World in Figures site has a Rankings tool. It ranks countries according to various criteria, such as:
Do you know your ghosts from your goblins? Read the 12 definitions and provide the correct fantasy words.
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Some essay-writing tips, e.g. “do not put new things in your conclusion”.
Also available as a video: