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to show (something) off
to stem from
to be derived from
bring it on
Next Monday (March 17th) is Saint Patrick's Day, so here's a crossword based on vocabulary associated with Ireland's national day. Click here to download a PDF version with solution, and here for an interactive web version which should work on tablets. Click here for more Saint Patrick's Day resources.Related articles Saint Patrick Printables - Part of the Saints Unit Studies Series The history of Saint Patrick Scotland Crossword Crossword: American English Happy Saint Patrick's Day
a situation as it really exists, different from what is thought of ideally
UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s free school meals plan was in disarray last night after it was savaged by headteachers. They blasted ‘ludicrous’ official advice that infants could be asked to choose their meals two hours ahead, eat at 11am and have cold lunches. The guidance from the Department for Education even says parents might be brought in to chop vegetables. Read more >>
A fiasco is something that does not succeed, often in a way that causes embarrassment. • The party was a complete fiasco.
Parisians are tattooed en masse as fair comes to town. Sasha Salama reports.
REPORTER: From boldly colored butterflies to hot air balloons. 500 people went under the needle in just one day at the World Tattoo Fair on the outskirts of Paris. Event organizers said people of all ages were getting tattoos.
TATTOO ARTIST AND ORGANISER OF EVENT TIN-TIN: "There's more people in between 20 years old and 40 years old than between 60 and 80 of course but you can get tattooed at 80. I did a tattoo on an 83-year-old woman recently, so there's no age to get tattooed."
REPORTER: More than three hundred tattoo artists from around the world came to decorate their canvases. They inked delicate bouquets of red roses as well as fierce dogs on the attack. Even though the fair has officially ended, the images live on.
Read about the biggest dog show in the world and practise some doggy vocabulary in this language exercise.
"I can't afford to buy all new furniture right now, so I'm redecorating piecemeal."
The Picture It! section of Spotlight Online gets new bilingual content. Joanna Westcombe has the details.
Bees buzz, and people buzz about things. Buzzwords are idiomatic expressions that are currently used by everybody. In other words, people are buzzing about something. Buzzwords are especially popular in business, and the internet helps buzzwords go viral. Here are some resources to help you learn some of the most important buzzwords of today:
© Chappatte in NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich
A referendum on the status of Crimea is scheduled to be held on 16 March 2014 by the local government of Crimea as well as by the local government of Sevastopol; neighboring subdivisions of Ukraine located in the Crimean peninsula and populated by large Russian-speaking majorities, most of them ethnic Russians. It is still unknown if international observers will be allowed to monitor the referendum. So far, observers from OSCE have attempted to enter into Crimea three times but have been unable to. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from NZZ am Sonntag shows a voter in a Russian fur hat standing next to a ballot box holding a placard which says "Crimea Referendum on Joining Russia". Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in a tank flanked by two heavily-armed soldiers, says "We are the international observers."
A referendum is an occasion when all the people of a country can vote on an important issue. • German Chancellor Merkel has called on EU states to remain calm after a controversial Swiss referendum which limits the number of immigrants within its borders.
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, both Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have denied that Russian soldiers are occupying Crimea, saying the masked troops are "local" forces. Or maybe international observers!