Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. Another productive Latin source of English vocabulary is the verb ducere (‘lead’) and its past participle stem duct-.
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today’s program is all about eyes. When it comes to relationships, people’s eyes can be "a window into their hearts." This means that their eyes can tell a lot about how they feel.
Idiom: "to be hot" Context #1: James: Did you watch the basketball game last night? The Miami Heat won again.Tom: I know. They are hot right now.James: I don't think anyone can beat them. Tom: I think you're right!
Idiom: “to be swamped” Meaning: To be overwhelmed with a great amount of work or obligations Example #1: Jackie: I’m so tired! I think I’ve been up for about 48 hours. Johnny: Oh, no. Why haven’t you been sleeping?
In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.