Архив за месяц: Декабрь 2016

Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction

1) newsfeed noun [ C ]

also news feed /ˈnjuːz.fiːd/ /ˈnuːz.fiːd/

a web page or screen that updates (= changes) often to show thelatest news or information:

LabSpaces has all of the features of a social-networking site with the addition of adaily science newsfeed.

2) bulldoze verb [ T ]

UK /ˈbʊl.dəʊz/ US /ˈbʊl.doʊz/

to destroy buildings and make an area flat with a bulldozer:

The township was bulldozed in the 1950s.


to force someone to do something, although they might not want to:

She bulldozed her daughter into buying a new dress.

3) abrasive adjective

US UK /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/

rude and unfriendly:

She has a rather abrasive manner.
He can sometimes be abrasive in meetings.

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1) bunting noun [ U ]

UK /ˈbʌn.tɪŋ/ US /ˈbʌn.t̬ɪŋ/

rows of brightly coloured small flags or pieces of cloth that are hungacross roads or above a stage as decoration for special occasions

2) pasting table

3) by/from all accounts

C1 as said by most people:

By all accounts, San Francisco is a city that’s easy to fall in love with.

4) tang noun [ S ]

UK /tæŋ/ US /tæŋ/

a strong, sharp taste or smell:

the tang of the sea air

My name is Leon. Part 3

stack noun [ C ]

UK /stæk/ US /stæk/

stack noun [ C ] (PILE)


UK /əˈlɒt.mənt/ US /əˈlɑːt.mənt/

allotment noun (GROUND)

[ C ] uk a small piece of ground in or just outside a town that a personrents for growing vegetables, fruits, or flowers

a pile of things arranged one on top of another:

He chose a cartoon from the stack of DVDs on the shelf.

wheelbarrow noun [ C ]

UK /ˈwiːlˌbær.əʊ/ US /ˈwiːlˌber.oʊ/ also barrow


a large, open container for moving things in with a wheel at the frontand two handles at the back, used especially in the garden

trundle verb

UK /ˈtrʌn.dəl/ US /ˈtrʌn.dəl/


[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ](to cause something) to move slowly on wheels:

She trundled the wheelbarrow down the path.
Hundreds of trucks full of fruit and vegetables trundle across the border each day.

mangetout noun [ C usually plural ]

UK /ˌmɑːnʒˈtuː/ US /ˌmɑːnʒˈtuː/ uk us snow pea

prop sth up

phrasal verb with prop UK /prɒp/ US /prɑːp/ verb [ T + adv/prep ]-pp-


to lift and give support to something by putting something under it:

He was sitting upright in his hospital bed, propped up by pillows.
There were the usual bunch of drinkers propped up at (= leaning against) the bar.

How to gain control of your free time

  1. tardy adjective

    UK /ˈtɑː.di/ US /ˈtɑːr.di/ formal

    slow or late in happening or arriving:

    Dinner was somewhat delayed on account of David’s rather tardy arrival.
  2. savour verb [ T ]

    uk us savor UK /ˈseɪ.vər/ US /ˈseɪ.vɚ/

    to enjoy food or an experience slowly, in order to enjoy it as much aspossible:

    It was the first chocolate he’d tasted for over a year, so he savoured every mouthful.
  3.  shave bits of time off everyday activities
  4. premise noun [ C ]

    UK /ˈprem.ɪs/ US /ˈprem.ɪs/

    an idea or theory on which a statement or action is based:

    [ + that ] They had started with the premise that all men are created equal
  5. judicious adjective

    UK /dʒuːˈdɪʃ.əs/ US /dʒuːˈdɪʃ.əs/

    having or showing reason and good judgment in making decisions:

    We should make judicious use of the resources available to us.
  6. sopping adjective

    UK /ˈsɒp.ɪŋ/ US /ˈsɑː.pɪŋ/ informal

    extremely wet:

    The bottle had leaked in my bag and everything was sopping.
    You’re sopping wet — go and get changed.
  7. putter verb

    UK /ˈpʌt.ər/ US /ˈpʌt̬.ɚ/

    putter verb (MOVE)

    [ I usually + adv/prep ] us uk potter to do things in a relaxed way, withoutrushing or trying very hard:

    He really enjoys puttering around in the garden.

Rejection in Online Dating

I am interested in reading authentic articles. The topics vary and today it’s going to be about online dating :


Here are the words and expressions I found useful:


1) walks of life

2) rebound verb [ I ]

UK /ˌriːˈbaʊnd/ US /ˌriːˈbaʊnd/

to bounce back after hitting a hard surface

3) take/have a knock

to be damaged because of a bad experience:

Her confidence took a hard knock when her application was rejected.



I think it will be a useful idea to start collecting more advanced synonyms of everyday words like good, bad, interesting, etc. So:

  1. friend-  confidant noun [ C ]

UK /ˈkɒn.fɪ.dænt/ US /ˈkɑːn.fə.dænt/ female also confidante

a close confidant
2.  offence- affront

affront noun [ C ]

UK /əˈfrʌnt/ US /əˈfrʌnt/  a remark or action intended to insult or offend someone:

He regarded the comments as an affront to his dignity.
3. weakness- foible

foible noun [ C usually plural ]

UK /ˈfɔɪ.bəl/ US /ˈfɔɪ.bəl/  a strangehabit or characteristic that is seen as not important and not harming anyone:

We all have our little foibles.
4. difficult- onerous

onerous adjective

UK /ˈəʊ.nər.əs/ US /ˈɑː.nɚ.əs/ formal

difficult to do or needing a lot of effort:

the onerous task of finding a peaceful solution
5. rude- abrasive

abrasive adjective

US UK /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/

abrasive adjective (PERSON)

rude and unfriendly:

She has a rather abrasive manner.
He can sometimes be abrasive in meetings.
6. loud- resounding

resounding adjective [ before noun ]

UK /rɪˈzaʊn.dɪŋ/ US /rɪˈzaʊn.dɪŋ/

resounding adjective [ before noun ] (LOUD)


Supporters gave the team three resounding cheers.
7. rubbish- detritus

detritus noun [ U ]

UK /dɪˈtraɪ.təs/ US /dɪˈtraɪ.t̬əs/

formalwaste material or rubbish, especially left after a particularevent:

The stadium was littered with the detritus of yesterday’s concert.
8. support- rally

rally verb

UK /ˈræl.i/ US /ˈræl.irally verb (SUPPORT)

[ I or T ]to (cause to) come together in order to provide support or make a shared effort:

Supporters/Opponents of the new shopping development are trying to rally localpeople in favour of/against it.
9. sift- examine

sift verb [ T ] (EXAMINE)

to make a close examination of all the parts of something in order tofind something or to separate what is useful from what is not:

The police are sifting the evidence very carefully to try and find the guilty person.
After my father’s death, I had to sift through all his papers.
The police are trying to sift out the genuine warnings from all the hoax calls they have received.
10. upheavel- change

upheaval noun [ C or U ]

UK /ʌpˈhiː.vəl/ US /ʌpˈhiː.vəl/

Yesterday’s coup brought further upheaval to a country already struggling withfamine.
I’m not sure it’s worth the upheaval of moving to gain just a little more space.
11. jarring- not pleasant

jarring adjective

UK /ˈdʒɑː.rɪŋ/ US /ˈdʒɑːr.ɪŋjarring adjective (NOT PLEASANT)

a jarring sight, sound, or experience is so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone:

a jarring cry/chord
jarring colours
a jarring experience
12. while away time-spend time

while away something

/ˈhwɑɪ·ləˌweɪ, ˈwɑɪ-/

phrasal verb with while verb  to spend time in a relaxed way, sometimes when waiting for something else to happen:
I used to knit a lot when I was pregnant just to while away the time.

My name is Leon (2)

1) fill noun [ U ]  UK /fɪl/ US /fɪl/  someone’s fill is as much as they want or can deal with:

He took only a few minutes to eat/drink his fill.
I’d had my fill of his rude remarks.

2) light-fingered adjective

UK /ˌlaɪtˈfɪŋ.ɡəd/ US /ˌlaɪtˈfɪŋ.ɡɚd/ informal

If you describe someone as light-fingered, you mean that they have ahabit of stealing things.