‚April Fools’ Day‘— is celebrated on the first of April every year. It has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, though its exact origins remain a mystery. April Fools’ Day traditions include playing hoaxes or practical jokes on others, often yelling “April Fools!” at the end to clue in the subject of the ‚April Fools’ Day prank‘. While its exact history is shrouded in mystery, the embrace of ‚April Fools’ Day jokes‘ by the media and major brands has ensured the unofficial holiday’s long life.

Origins of April Fools‘ Day

Some historians speculate that ‚April Fools’ Day‘ dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around the first of April.

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to the first of January and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through the first of April became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person (leichtgläubiger Mensch).

Business English word of the Week  Geschäftsenglisch

„To think outside the box“

This means to think of a solution that is different to what is normally done or to think of an unusual, creative solution to a problem.

Sample Sentence:

„We don’t have a lot of money to spend on our new website so we need to ‚think outside the box‘ to find a way of reaching a lot of customers.“

 

Law English word of the Week Recht Englisch

Innocent

means: Not guilty of a crime.

Sample Sentence:

„He was found innocent by the court and was allowed to go home.

In life, no one is found innocent, we are all found guilty, but we can be found innocent by the one who was the only one in life to be totally and utterly innocent….“ MIB 4th April 2022.

Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge

Fulfil

Carry out a promise or satisfy an agreement.

Sample Sentence:

„By signing this contract, you agree to fulfil all of the conditions which are listed.“

 

Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen

Sample Sentence:

„I like…., but I feel there are too many question marks around.“

 

Word of the day:

Precisely means Genau in German.

Sample Sentence:

 „That is precisely what I mean.“ (other meanings: exactly, right, strickly, rigidly, just, specifically)

Phrase of the day:

Away you go! means Mobile, it is an indication to ‚Start(Los Geht’s – ‚Here we go). or away with you. An expression of disbelief or scepticism …

What does away you go mean?

Off you go‚ means you can leave now. Usage: If you want someone to go away or go home, especially a kid but not in a rude way like ‚get lost!‘

 

Idiom of the day:

You’re on a hiding to nothing” means slang – To be likely to fail; to be in a futile situation.

Sample Sentence:

You’re on a hiding to nothing“ if you think you’re going to get a rise out of the boss.

 

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

British English is ‚Goods Truck‚ (Lorry – Thomas 😀) ‚Freight Truck‚ (Lorry) – A.E.

 

Special Grammar tip of the week:

BTW after you write the ‚Salutation‚ e.g. Dear Mark, you start the next sentence with a ‚Captial letter‚ / ‚upper case letter‚  (Großbuchstabe) and not as you would write „thanks for your message“. I hope that you find this tip helpful

Dear Mark,

thanks for your e-mail = WRONG

Dear Mark,

Thanks for your e-mail. = RIGHT.

 

Pronunciation tip:

Major, mare / Mayor pronunciation

 

False Friends Tip of the Week:

False Friend: Male (männlich) and Mail (Post) Mehl (Flour, not flower = Blume).

 

Slang word of the day:

To live a “Bohemian Lifestyle” means Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people and with few permanent ties. It involves musical, artistic, literary, or spiritual pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.

 

Colloquial / Colloquialisms:

„Banter“ – to jest means he playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.

„There was much good-natured banter“

 

Cockney rhyming slang:

Ball and Chalk = to go for a walk„.

 

Quote of the week:

 “Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle”.

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