An American vampire is involved in a CITIZEN’S ARREST

When the law is being broken the police should take action.  If the crime is serious enough, then we also expect them to arrest the guilty person. However, what if you witness a crime, the police are not around but you are in a position to make the arrest yourself? Then you can carry outContinue reading “An American vampire is involved in a CITIZEN’S ARREST”

An American vampire is going to HAVE WORDS

From context, can you guess the meaning of to HAVE WORDS with someone? Related articles An American vampire KEEPS AN EAR TO THE GROUND ( An American vampire HAS A BELLYFUL ( An American vampire’s deal FALLS THROUGH (

An American vampire KEEPS AN EAR TO THE GROUND

In some lines of work, KEEPING AN EAR TO THE GROUND is of utmost importance. For instance, a dealer in stocks and shares must know what is happening in the markets before it makes the 8 o’clock news. The trader must always have an ear to the ground and obtain information which can help him/herContinue reading “An American vampire KEEPS AN EAR TO THE GROUND”

An American vampire HAS A BELLYFUL

Ah, the belly again, but this time in the expression TO HAVE A BELLYFUL. Let’s say you’re on holiday with a friend and he (or she) is always complaining – the weather’s too hot or too cold, the food is not the same as at home, the pillow is too soft or too hard, …Continue reading “An American vampire HAS A BELLYFUL”

An American vampire’s deal FALLS THROUGH

When a business deal FALLS THROUGH, does it succeed or fail? In politics, when two parties are trying to form a coalition government but the talks fall through, do the parties form a government or not? Use the language Have you had an important plan that fell through? What was it and how disappointed were you? RelatedContinue reading “An American vampire’s deal FALLS THROUGH”

Halloween – get help from an American Vampire!

Even  Halloween is a good reason to improve on your language skills. This time the graphic novel American Vampire (Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Stephen King) gives you some idioms you can sink your teeth into. From 31 October I’ll be posting a sequence of extracts from this book, each one focusing on a useful expression.Continue reading “Halloween – get help from an American Vampire!”

Not thrice but TRICE

If you remember, a few weeks ago I wrote about the English word for “3 times”, which is “thrice”.  Do not confuse it with today’s word, “TRICE” (without an “h”). “Trice” is often found in the phrase “in a trice”, meaning “in a very short time”. For example, when your boss next asks you forContinue reading “Not thrice but TRICE”

Lance Armstrong – FAMOUS and INFAMOUS

For those of you who don’t know, Lance Armstrong is a cancer survivor who won cycling’s hardest event, the 3-week Tour de France. Not once, not twice, not thrice but seven times! This was a man who was very close to dying, yet made it into the record books. Quite rightly, he became cycling’s most FAMOUSContinue reading “Lance Armstrong – FAMOUS and INFAMOUS”

Visa application: Name of SPOUSE

In my last post, we spoke about “sibling“, a word which can mean either “brother” or “sister”. Today I’m giving you another useful word, SPOUSE. This can be used instead of “husband” or “wife” and is commonly found in official situations. When you apply for a passport or visa or even when opening a bankContinue reading “Visa application: Name of SPOUSE”