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couch commerce

Couch commerce: Online shopping from home, in fact from the comfort of your couch: starting right from ordering pizza to using amazon.ca and ebay. See how the phrase has been used: http://www.forbes.com/sites/fredcavazza/2011/10/25/are-you-ready-for-couch-commerce/ http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2012/07/the-rise-of-couch-commerce-infographic.html


Ambitextrous: being able to use both hands with equal ease while texting. Given the amount of time spent on their phones, I can safely assume that most teens these days are ambitextrous.  


Photobombing: To move within a frame right before it’s taken, therefore ruining the shot for the original posers, or appear unexpectedly (like a bomb) in a photograph. So if you crane your neck to put yourself in the picture or make a face in the background, you’re photobombing. Check this out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/malia-obama-photobomb_n_2522543.html And this is … Continue reading


Frankenstorm: A hurricane and winter storm hybrid, involving a “monster” combination of high winds, heavy rain, extreme tides and snow. A frankenstorm carries with it a risk of fatalities, power outages and severe property damage. Remember Sandy? That was a frankenstorm. Here’s how it is used: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/10/26/frankenstorm-us-canada-sandy.html  

alternate or alternative?

When do we use alternate and when do we use alternative? We use ‘alternate’ or ‘alternately’ to mean ‘every second one of something’, or ‘in turns’. But ‘alternative’ or ‘alternatively’ is similar in meaning to ‘different’, ‘instead’ or ‘on the other hand.’ Compare: My daughter spends alternate weekends with her grandparents. Sorry I won’t be … Continue reading

‘Can’ or ‘be able’?

Can and be able often mean the same: ability. Example: Some people are able to/can walk on their hands. So when do we use can and when do we use be able? We use can to mean ‘know how to.’ We use it to mean what people or things are able to do (or unable to do) because of their … Continue reading

When to use ‘on time’ and when to use ‘in time’?

‘On time’ means ‘at the planned time’; that is, neither too early nor too late. The opposite is ‘early’ or ‘late.’ It is often used to refer to timetabled events. Example: I just checked with the airport; the flight is on time. I want the meeting to start exactly on time. ‘In time’ means ‘with … Continue reading

when to use ‘during’ and when to use ‘for’

During is used to say ‘when’ something happens; for is used to say ‘how long it lasts.’ Example: I was in London during the summer. I was in London for six weeks. It rained during the night for two or three hours. We use both during and in to say that something happens inside a particular period of … Continue reading

When to use ‘except’ and when to use ‘except for’?

We use except for before noun phrases. Example: The classroom was empty except for a little boy at the back of the room. We also often use except (for) after generalizing words like ‘all’ ‘any’ ‘every’ ‘no’ ‘everything’ ‘anybody’ ‘nowhere’ ‘nobody’ ‘whole’. Example: He ate everything on his plate except (for) the spinach. Nobody came … Continue reading

words to describe an angry meeting/argument

angry I woke up to the angry voices of my parents arguing in their room. furious The minister’s comment provoked furious arguments among members of the opposition party in the parliament. stormy After a long and sometimes stormy discussion, the board finally made a decision. heated The gun control issue continues to be the subject … Continue reading

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