Five quick trivia questions about unusual words. Which ones do you know the meaning of?
‘We all know how estate agents are masters of euphemism. For “quaint” read “old and shabby”. “Secluded” or “peaceful residential area” seems to mean “in the middle of nowhere and miles from public transport and shops”. What I hadn’t expected was the frequent sheer inability to communicate simple information in a coherent manner.’ Kay makes a foray into the confusing world of estate agents’ listings.
This month: Barrels, cats and devils – a quick look at naval slang and some of the surprising ways in which it’s affected the English language.
“If, like me, you are a seasoned expat, you will have heard that unique brand of local English, Manglish, many times. You will probably feel you can understand it, at least most of the time. You may even be cocky enough to use it on occasion.” Seasoned expat Gordon Reid looks at why many Malaysians speak English a little, erm, differently from how Britons do…
Five quick trivia questions about strange words. Which ones do you know the meaning of?
In the final part of his introduction to TEFL, Pete West describes the sort of working and living conditions you may encounter as a teacher of English to non-native speakers, and how to go about finding a teaching job.