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What is a Janus Word? Posted by on Dec 30, 2016

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride Every so often you, as a student of English, will encounter a word in a sentence which will seem utterly confusing. You’re going to think that it contradicts your understanding of…

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White Elephant – A Fun Christmas Game Posted by on Dec 28, 2016

You may know about Christmas traditions like putting a tree in your living room and singing carols, but have you ever heard of a game called White Elephant? This is a fun and easy gift-giving game you can play with friends and family. See what it’s like playing White Elephant and learn the rules in…

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For the Holidays, a Rice Salad with the Colors of the Season Posted by on Dec 22, 2016

I like to entertain for the holiday season. I have hosted Christmas at my house for many years, usually have at least one holiday party, and may find myself cooking for other gatherings as well. Of all the things I serve, one recipe invariably gets shared with friends – my holiday wild rice salad. Wild…

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Christmas Through Emojis Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

These days, people are using emojis more and more to communicate. They’re fun, cute, and very easy to use. Look on social media or in your text messages, and you’ll probably see a whole lot of emojis. With Christmas approaching, there are a few you can use for the holiday. Let’s practice English and learn…

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Hygge and the American Dream Posted by on Dec 16, 2016

Hygge (n): a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. It is regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture. The Oxford English Dictionary, as it does every year, selects a “Word of the Year” from a list of ten finalists selected by its editors. This year, the…

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