In the latest fiasco, it emerged that in 2013 an academic in Britain built a questionnaire app for Facebook users, which 270,000 people answered. NYT Fiasco is a word from my childhood. I enjoyed the word, because it had a very strong meaning - a complete (usually humiliating) failure - but it was not [...]
Cut throat When something or someone is very intense or competitive we say that it is ‘cut throat’. There are not many jobs at The Circle. Because everyone want’s to work there, the competition is cut throat during the application process.
After months of talk about propaganda and fake news, politicians in Europe and, increasingly, America see Facebook as out of control and in denial. Congress wants him to testify. Expect a roasting. (Economist, 22 March, 2018) Many words in English have two completely different meanings - take roast for example. While it can be [...]
Get on the good side of someone To be liked by another person. (The good side = friendly with someone) Ask Martha to contact Beth. She’s got on Beth’s good side and he will be likely to say ‘yes’ if she asks.
Catch someone off guard To surprise someone with a question or action. (This could be negative or positive.) When you answered the client's questions, you caught me off guard. I thought you understood I would handle that part of the negotiations. Oh! I didn’t expect you to come into work today, you caught me [...]
Go the extra mile While many countries use kilometers, this expression is still alive and well in the English language. To go the extra mile means to be willing to work extra to get a job done. She went the extra mile and personally made sure that my insurance claim was handled correctly.
A severe case of “truth decay” ‘Truth decay’ literally means the decay (gradual loss) of truth. ‘Truth decay’ is also a play on words with the phrase, ‘tooth decay’ meaning cavities or ‘rotting’ teeth. Because of the negative image of rotting teeth and painful visits to the dentist, the headline is more powerful and [...]
to retaliate / retaliation / retaliating to do a harmful action to someone or some organization because they harmed you first. retaliate (against somebody/something) They retaliated when the government cut off their water supply. retaliate (by doing something/with something) The manager over looked him for the promotion and he retaliated by tipping off the press about [...]