Word of the Day: preposterous

Have you read The Book with No Pictures? It’s a children’s book by B.J. Novak and it’s brilliant. It really has no pictures and is quite hilarious. My son just loves it and rolls around on the floor in stitches (laughing very hard)! Well, the word preposterous is in it, so I thought I’d make it today’s word, because I like the sound of it!


What a preposterous thing to say!

It is absolutely preposterous to think that I would do the dishes for you.

What a preposterous idea, I would never sky-dive in a bikini!

Word the Day: thorough

A quick note on pronunciation: /ˈθɜːrəʊ/ go to the link below to hear the word


Do you need some more examples? Here they are:

  • The supervisor made a very thorough evaluation of her staff.
  • The police carried out a thorough investigation into the Deewitter case.
  • André is very thorough when he cleans his teeth; he never has cavities.

Thorough is an adjective, but you can also turn it into an adverb: thoroughly. Here are some examples:

  • Please check the premises thoroughly.
  • He went through each drawer quite thoroughly.
  • It was a thoroughly tiering affair.

Word of the Day: jeopardize

Here is another word that I really like, perhaps also because it reminds me of the gameshow Jeopardy! that I used to watch as a kid.

When we talk of “danger” in the definition, it is not necessarily mortal danger, it can be, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. You might jeopardize your education if you don’t study; you can jeopardize your health if you smoke; you can put a project in jeopardy by neglecting to get help when you need it.

Have a look at Jeopardy!, the gameshow, I used to absolutely love it and felt so smart when I got a question right!

Word of the day: flamboyant

Flamboyant is an excellent word. It’s fun and colourful and filled with confidence. You might use the word flamboyant to describe a person who has a larger-than-life personality, and/or who has a colourful and original style. A friend of mine in university had a very flamboyant personality, and he was the life of the party!

Is there anything or anyone you can describe as flamboyant?

Grammar Mondays

As you know, we don’t only use conjunctions for opposition, we also need them to add information or make a further point. That’s why these are great; you can use them all at the start or in the middle of a sentence, always at the beginning of a clause.

Can you make a sentence with each one?

Let us know if you have any questions!

Friday Idiom: under the weather

Mandy: How are you today?

Roger: I’m a bit under the weather. How are you?

Mandy: Yeah, same. There must be a bug going around.

This expression is often used when you’re not terribly sick, but you have a cold, for example. Usually, we use the qualifier ‘bit’ right before.

So, have you “caught a bug”? Are you feeling under the weather?


Sometimes, unfortunetely, we need adjectives that describe the less admirable attributes of a person. Today’s word is “two-faced”.

Two-faced also makes me think of the 90s film Face/Off with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. I was a total action movie buff as a kid, and the word two-faced always reminds me of that classic.

word of the day: basket

Today’s word is basket. This is a simple word, yet it is also what we call a false friend. I sometimes hear the word baskets used in English to mean sneakers. Sneakers are running shoes, baskets are things you use to carry objects, like clothes, picnics, groceries, etc. In French, you can say les baskets to mean sneakers. But if you say: I got some great new baskets today, in English, people will look at you funny; I mean, who gets excited about a basket? Well, I suppose you could, if it’s an especially cool one 🙂 .

So, suffice it to say, a basket is very useful, but not footwear.

Can you think of any false friends between English and your language? Are they funny? Let us know in the comments below!