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Objectify

Degrade to the status of a mere object. Women’s rights activists demonstrated in Berlin last week against the exhibition which shows a giant pink Barbie dollhouse saying that Barbie objectifies … Continue reading

20/05/2013 · Leave a comment

A vision of future

The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. The BBC , in its competition “What if?” , asked for people’s visions of the future with the … Continue reading

22/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Onesie

A loose-fitting one-piece leisure garment for adults, covering the torso and legs. (“Onesies” is a popular brand of infant bodysuits.) This warm and cosy all-in-one garment, originally designed to be … Continue reading

08/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Prank

A trick that is intended to be funny but not to cause harm or damage. Last Sunday tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in 60 … Continue reading

15/01/2013 · Leave a comment

The Tube

 The underground railway system in London, which takes its popular name from the almost circular tunnels through which trains travel. This week London celebrates the 150 anniversary of  the world’s  first underground railway, … Continue reading

10/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Onwards

Beginning at a particular time and continuing after it. Who is the main character? What do we know about him?

07/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Zeitgeist

/ˈtsaɪt.gaɪst/ The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. Ex: This video captures the zeitgeist of 2012.   … Continue reading

14/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Dumb

AmE (Infml) Stupid. “Dumb Ways to Die” is the name of an Australian safety campaign ordered by a train company from Melbourne, which has gone viral in a few weeks … Continue reading

05/12/2012 · 1 Comment

Guerrilla stickers

Guerrilla , as modifier, means referring to actions or activities performed in an impromptu way, often without authorization. This is one of the few words English has borrowed from Spanish.It … Continue reading

15/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Yawn

To open your mouth wide and breathe in deeply through it, usually because you are tired or bored. We all know that this reflex is clearly contagious, and some recent … Continue reading

07/10/2012 · 1 Comment

Fireworks

Good luck 2º Bach!!

25/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Snap

A sudden, sharp cracking sound or movement. A sudden loud sound like something breaking or closing; and thus a hurried, irritable tone or manner. An informal photograph (also snapshot) which is not very … Continue reading

16/02/2012 · 2 Comments