Word of the week

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    Word of the week: Amok

    Have you ever had to deal with a classfull of students running amok ? Well, it's happened to all of us. Tim Bowen whips up a frenzy with this rather odd Word of the week .

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    Word of the week: Camp

    Would you set up camp in a field or a forest? Perhaps you've found yourself wavering between opposing political camps whilst strolling through your University campus? Tim Bowen explains why there's more to this word than simply choosing where to pitch your tent.

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    Word of the week: Banter

    Do you indulge in a bit of banter with your friends or colleagues? Tim Bowen looks at the development of this good-natured noun.

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    Working with words: Word of the week

    Students create a wall space or poster for difficult words or words of particular interest from the unit of work they are studying.

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    Word of the week: Sophisticated

    Ever been to a dinner party where the conversation was so terribly sophisticated that you found yourself wishing you had a sophisticated teleportation device? Tim Bowen looks at how this Word of the week has gradually changed in meaning.

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    Word of the week: Ludicrous

    Ever witnessed a ludicrous illusion or colluded as part of an international political conspiracy? Confused? Tim Bowen explains the connection with this diverting word of the week.

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    Word of the week: Trivial

    Have you ever been to a dinner party and tried to impress others with unimportant facts? Chances are that you engaged in some trivial conversation. Tim Bowen presents us with some trivia surrounding the origin of this Word of the week .

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    Word of the week: Laconic

    Tim Bowen delves into Greek history to explain the origin of this terse Word of the week.

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    Word of the week: Burly

    Ever encountered some burly bouncers on a rowdy night out or found yourself immersed in the hurly-burly of a busy market? Tim Bowen traces the origin of this stately Word of the week , all the way back to a lady's chamber...

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    Word of the week: Tawdry

    Tim Bowen tackles a thorny term with this slightly sordid Word of the week .

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    Word of the week: Glitz

    Have you ever dreamed of joining the Hollywood elite and walking down the red carpet at the Oscars? Well, you may just have been swept up in the glitz and glamour of the occasion. Let Tim Bowen dazzle you with his explanation as to why this word has ...

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    Word of the week: Bully

    Those of you who have ever been the victim of bullying probably wouldn't describe the bully in question as 'a fine young chap'. It seems that the meaning of the word bully has changed a lot since its Germanic origins. Tim Bowen has really done his homework with ...

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    Word of the week: –monger

    You buy fish from a fish monger , so you buy iron from an iron monger, right? Well, not exactly! Tim Bowen spreads a few rumours with this political Word of the week .

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    Word of the week: Vandal

    Ever encountered an act of vandalism by a bearded barbarian? Unlikely perhaps, but you may have come across some modern instances of anti-social behaviour. Tim Bowen explains how this Word of the week has absolutely nothing to do with the Latin expression for facial hair.

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    Word of the week: Dapper

    Ever met a dapper little man or a vivacious lady? Tim Bowen takes a look at this gender-specific word of the week.

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    Word of the week: Flippant

    Ever flipped your lid over a flippant comment or told your students that there's no place for flippancy in the classroom? Tim Bowen explains how the root of it all lies in talking nonsense.

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    Word of the week: Bizarre

    Have you ever met someone who behaved so bizarrely that you walked away bewildered and befuddled?Tim Bowen explains this mysterious word of the week.

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    Word of the week: Flagrant

    Do your students ever show a flagrant disregard for school rules? Perhaps you think that England were denied a blatant try in the rugby world cup? Tim Bowen looks at the fiery origins of this word of the week.

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    Word of the week: Bargain

    Ever bartered and bargained you way to a steal of the century? Or perhaps you ended up with a little more than you bargained for ? Tim Bowen drives a hard bargain with this competitively-priced word of the week.

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    Word of the week: Freak

    Ever encountered something unnatural or out of the ordinary? Well you may just have witnessed a freak show ! Let our resident language freak , Tim Bowen, freak you out with this Word of the week !