Business English word of the Week  Geschäftsenglisch

Principal (X2 meanings)

Time and a half

Double time

Unsociable hours

Shift work – late, night early shift


Law English word of the Week Recht Englisch

Conceal (ed/ing)

A scam

Con artist

How do you plead?

To plead one’s case


Word of the day:

Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt). At the time of writing, tomorrow will be Thursday the 13th of May which is ‚Ascension Day‚ or in German ‚Christi Himmelfahrt‚. This takes place 40 days after Easter (Ostern). This is the day when the disciples watched the Lord Jesus Christ ascend into Heaven after He had been raised from the dead.
Unfortunately, this „special religious day“ has been ‚Hijacked‚ and is often called ‚Männertag‚ where groups of men, young men roam the countryside either on foot or by bicycle taking with them ‚copious amounts of Booze‚. They get so drunk that they are often not fit for work the next day, thus costing the government’s GDP millions of Euros in lost production.


Phrase of the day:

A ‚Motley Crew‚ means an unusual mixed group We were a motley crew of musicians and athletes.

1: variegated in colour. 2: made up of many different people or things. Examples: Many of the jesters at the medieval festival were dressed in a bright motley garb.

MÖTLEY CRÜE is The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass), and Tommy Lee (drums)— has commandeered the rock pantheon for 38 years.

 Idiom of the day:

To “Let someone off the hook” meaning to allow (someone who has been caught doing something wrong or illegal) to go without being punished, e.g. „If you ask me, they let him off the hook too easily.“ To not punish someone who has done something wrong: „I’ll let you off this time, but don’t ever lie to me again.

The origin of the idiomoff the hook‚ can be found in fishing; a fish on the hook has been caught and is considered to be out of options; it’s trapped unless it is released. Just like a fish off the hook, someone who’s “off the hook” has been released from obligations or commitments.


British (B.E.) / American (A.E.) Vocabulary:

(B.E.) “Bomb = success/ expensive = “It cost a bomb” /
(A.E.) = “Bomb” = disaster/failure “the show/play/film bombed”.


Pronunciation tip:

Bury / berry / beret Baskenmütze Französische Baskenmütze in German we say „Baret“ for headgear in the army. To bury someone or something has another meaning 😀


Cockney rhyming slang:

The best ever piece of Cockney rhyming slang is „Berkshire hunt„, especially because it’s a deliberate ‚mispronunciation‚ and that Ronnie Barker got it into „Porridge“ every chance he could (Google Ronnie Barker and his hit comedy series „Porridge“ I have the DVD’s at home :D). Proper, old-school class. A mild insult, approximating to ‚fool‚, derived from the cockney rhyming slangBerkeley Hunt‚, meaning ‚cunt‚. The alternative ‚Berkshire Hunt‚ …slang British. An incompetent, objectionable, or annoying person; a berk.


Quote of the week:

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.“ – Steven Wright.





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