Learning English while laughing with the daily comic strip by Ed Stein.
1. The condition of being physically suspended.
a. The state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or doubtful.
b. Pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome, such as the ending of a mystery novel.
3. Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation.
[Middle English, from Old French suspens, from Latin suspnsus, past participle of suspendere, to suspend; see suspend.]
Liz and Sam have it all: a happy marriage, a precocious preteen son named Nate, and a house that's just the right size for the three of them. Then, Liz's parents move in. Grandpa Irv is a kindly but occasionally grumpy Korean War vet who loves watching TV, bickering over politics, and spoiling his grandson. His wife Sarah is equally strong-willed, whether urging Irv to diet, questioning her daughter's parenting choices, or finding surprising success as an advice blogger.
With an estimated 50+ million Americans living in such families as of today, Freshly Squeezed is a refreshing look at newfound family togetherness after the economic collapse. Can three generations of one family share their lives, their feelings, their dwindling fortunes and a bathroom — and keep their sense of humor in the process? Pay a visit to the Freshly Squeezed family to find out! Freshly Squeezed is the brainchild of Ed Stein, an award-winning political cartoonist. He created the local comic strip,
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Meaning: If you iron out the last details of a deal, you sort out the final problems or issues.
- iron sth out If we have any differences or issues, we'll have to iron them out before we sign a deal.
- be ironing out sth Ronaldo's manager and the club are ironing out a couple of final issues, but they should have everything sorted out soon.
iron out: differences, disagreements, issues, problems, hitches, misunderstandings
Variety: This phrasal verb is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
Possible interpretation: You can show people the way to find something or to do something, but you cannot force them to act after that.
an ivory tower
Meaning: You can say someone's in an ivory tower if they're in a place that separates them from everyday life, such as a university.
- People often complain that academics stuck in their ivory towers don't really understand the problems of the average person.
- Peter's dream is to get tenure in a university and spend the rest of his life hidden away in an ivory tower.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Ignorance of the law is no excuse
Possible interpretation: It is no defence to say that we didn't know that something we did was illegal.
Note: ignorance (noun) = lack of knowledge | the law (noun) = the system of rules recognized and enforced in a particular country | excuse (noun) = a reason or explanation given to defend a (wrong) action
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