Words of the year Audio and Activities

Words of the year

The English English Podcast Episode 7

Glossary

catastrophic – adjective for a catastrophe – something terrible happening
fact-checking – finding out whether things are true
rebranding –to name something differently
brexit – The UK leaving the European Union
non-ironic – serious or normal usage of language
aware – to have knowledge of, or to be conscious of something
coziness – the noun for cozy – feeling of warmth and comfort.
lifestyle sections – the parts of a magazine or newspaper that talk about homes, food,
fashion etc.
Waynes World – A comedy film from the 1990s.

Listen and the words above to the sentences below:

It’s someone who’s in favour of …………..
It’s become very very popular in the British press in the ……………. of the british
newspapers.
They were using brexiteers in a …………….. , non-funny way.
If they were identified as having lied it would have been ……….. for their campaign.
It’s a …………… exercise for neo-Nazis
Some …………. websites put it at 75% of what he said was not true.
Be …………… that black people sometimes have it worse and white privilege does exist.
………………. is one part of hugge.
…………… party time, excellent!

Comprehension questions

Can you identify the meaning of these words from the lisening?
Post-truth
Alt-right
Brexiteer
Bremoaners
Woke
Hygge
Coulrophobia
Truthiness
Not!

Conversation questions

Are there any words in your language that are new or fashionable at the moment?
What’s your favourite new word or new usage of a word?

 

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