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Different

“Different” (distinto, diferente) you will know.
By a whisker

By a whisker

“Whisker” you may know. Cats have whiskers (bigotes), as do many animals.

New Year Resolutions?

You will know that it is customary for many mortals to make New Year Resolutions

Are you a squirrel sometimes?

“Squirrel” (ardilla) you may know. Squirrels store nuts…

To be bedevilled

“To be bedevilled by” is to have a lot of persistent (persistente)…

Have you ever erred?

Perhaps! The writer of this article has erred many times:…

Are you sometimes “detached”?

“Detached” has the verb “detach” (separar, despegar)…

More tautologies - III

Do not be guilty of using tautologies. Using them may confuse…

More tautologies

Examine these: The prices of houses in England are falling…

Tautological Phrases

Tautologies (las tautologías) are to be avoided because they…

"Sorted" or "sorted out"?

It is election time in Great Britain and the political parties…

A deadlock

A “deadlock” (punto muerto, impasse) is a position where people…

Put a sock in it

“Sock” (calcetín, media) you may know. Here the interest…

In a quandary?

Have you ever “been in a quandary”? Probably.  To…

Are you a good egg?

“Egg” (huevo) you will know. Here the emphasis is on idioms…

To wriggle out

“Wriggle” (retorcerse o avanzar serpenteando) is a verb…
rabbit

Rabbit

“Rabbit” (conejo) you may know. Rabbits live in a burrow…

Is Brexit of great import?

“To import” (importar) something is a verb that you may…

To debar someone

“Debar” is a (regular) verb and the context is normally negative.…
thin

Thin

“Thin” you may know (delgado, flaco, estrecho, afilado).…

Palete, palette and pallet

These are homophonous (homófono) words – they sound the…
huff

Huff

Have you ever been “in a huff “. Perhaps. Mortals (mortales)…

More litotes

Litotes often are a special type of understatement (subestimación),…

Are you a flincher?

To flinch is to “shrink back” (estremecerse) from something,…

Dracon and Draconian

In the 7th century BC (BC = before Christ or AC) there was an…

Superfluity

“Superfluity” (la superfluidad) is a mistake. Why? It should…

May I? Can I?

Have you heard this question before (perhaps when someone comes…

Do you use litotes?

The answer is probably yes. Consider this: how are you? Not…

What maddens you?

“Mad” you may know. Someone could be mad (demente) or insane,…

¿Are you stuck in a rut?

First, “rut” as a noun. A “rut” is a furrow (surco)…

Iron

“Iron” (hierro) you may know. An iron (plancha) is what…

“Fill out” or “fill in”?

These two phrasal verbs are often used wrongly. In the English…

Crass

If something is “crass”, it is stupid, usually very…

Core

“Core” is a noun, part of a compound (compuesto) noun and…

Moon

“Moon” (luna) you may know, and you may have heard someone…

Racket?

“Racket” is both a noun and a verb. You may know that it…

Professor

“Professor” and “teacher” are used differently in Spanish…

“Prestigious” and duplicity

“Prestigious” you may know or guess – in Spanish (prestigioso)…

Polling day

The 26th of May is “polling day” for the European Parliament.…

Enough

“Enough is a pronoun (bastante, suficiente), an adjective…
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