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October 27, 2009 By Angela Boothroyd

Halloween is the night of the 31st October when people dress up in costumes as ghosts, witches, skeletons and devils, and try to frighten each other. According to tradition, Halloween is the night of the year when it was believed that ghosts and witches are very active and they return to the earthly world. People […]

October 21, 2009 By Angela Boothroyd

Do you have a favourite way to make and keep notes during and after your English lessons? One of the most important things you can do to help you learn English well is to have a good system for making and keeping notes. If you have folders full of many loose sheets of notes and […]

October 8, 2009 By Angela Boothroyd

Gamp is a colloquial word for an umbrella (in British English). The word comes from a character called Sarah Gamp in Charles Dickens’ novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-4). Sarah Gamp always carried a big umbrella. It’s an interesting word, but not one you will hear used very often. Charles Dickens was an English author who lived […]

October 7, 2009 By Angela Boothroyd

To send to Coventry is to punish someone by not speaking to them. It is thought that this idiom might have originated in England in the seventeenth century during the Civil War between King Charles I and Parliament (1642-6). Royalist prisoners were sent to Coventry, where some of them were beheaded, and the expression ‘sending […]