The World Chess Championship is in its final stages in London. To follow the news reports, you need to know a few chess terms.
- World Cup 2018: ‘Gutted’ Harry Kane says England gave it their all as millions of Three Lions fans suffer World Cup heartbreak once more (The Sun)
- Holly Willoughby and Kate Hudson lead an army of ‘gutted‘ stars on social media after England’s crushing World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia (Daily Mail)
- ‘I’m absolutely gutted’: disappointed England fans speak of World Cup hurt from Russia (iNews)
- Your Favourite Musicians Are Gutted About The England Result (Clash Magazine)
- A gutted fish is a fish whose guts – internal organs – have been removed, so that it can be cooked.
- A gutted house is a house whose interior has been emptied or destroyed, usually by fire.
- If a person is gutted, they are bitterly disappointed. This is British slang. The adjective is normally used in the predicative position (after a verb like be, become, grow, look or seem). However, the first two newspaper headlines are using it attributively (before the noun).
Apparently there’s some kind of international ball-kicking contest starting soon.
The British Council’s Premier Skills English website has a competition in which you can predict the results (and improve your English at the same time).