There are lots of words that mean
good or bad. The opinion polling company YouGov asked people to score adjectives according to how positive or negative they were. The score was between 0 and 10, with 0 being the most negative and 10 the most positive.
The chart shows the results. The most negative word was
abysmal followed by appalling, awful, dreadful and terrible. In the middle was average, bordered by mediocre and not bad. The most positive word was perfect, followed by outstanding, excellent, incredible, brilliant, superb and fantastic.
So there you are. Isn’t that, er, great?
The 2018 Daily chart advent calendar is a selection of The Economist‘s charts. Every day from December 1st to 25th a chart from 2018 is featured.
today’s chart shows the average cost of a normal birth in private hospitals in various countries.
All of the magazine’s charts can be seen in the section,
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
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
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 →
-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
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.
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: