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pull a sickie

(very informal) to take a day off work saying that you are ill when, in fact, you are not
Most people are tempted to pull a sickie when they want a day off without using up their precious annual leave.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 14/04/2014 16:00:00

card clash

a situation when you keep more than one contactless card in your purse or wallet and you get charged twice or get a red light when you try to use one of the cards
To avoid card clash don't touch your entire purse or wallet on the readers if it contains more than one card.
Submitted by: Saskia from United Kingdom on 14/04/2014 12:44:00


self organised learning environment: a system in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the Internet
This document is designed to support the implementation of Sugata Mitra's SOLE into multiple school contexts.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/04/2014 12:22:00


(also VHNWI or UHNWI)
High-Net-Worth Individual: a very rich person (ie one with assets of more than $1m); also Very and Ultra High-Net-Worth Individual (with more than $5m and more than $50m)
By last year, the world was home to 13 million HNWIs.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/04/2014 09:29:00


a place involved in mass production to maximize profit at the expense of quality or other ethical considerations
We don't want to get a dog from a puppy farm as the animals are often treated badly.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/04/2014 15:48:00

silver splitter

someone who divorces or separates from his/her partner in late middle age
The consequences of the silver splitters also has an impact on the family support system.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/04/2014 09:50:00

take the foot falcon

(Australian English) to walk instead of using a car
The car was broken down so we took the foot falcon home.
Submitted by: tony jackson from Australia on 07/04/2014 03:34:00


the practice of MPs (=Members of Parliament) or other legislators of moving to sit near a colleague who is making a statement under pressure in order show support
When television cameras were first allowed into the Commons in 1989, viewers were warned about "doughnutting".
the activity of sliding down a snowy slope on a large rubber ring
Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/04/2014 19:17:00

spin room

a place where journalists can talk to debate participants or the people who support them after a political debate
Chris Mason reports from the press spin room following the Clegg-Farage debate.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/04/2014 14:31:00


causing obesity (=a condition in which someone is too fat in a way that is dangerous for their health). Usually refers to a type of food or drink that results in obesity if consumed frequently or to excess.
Fast foods such as hamburgers, fish and chips, and sugary drinks can be obesive if taken regularly or in large quantities.
Submitted by: Peter Simcock from New Zealand on 05/04/2014 07:21:00

silver split

divorce or separation between couples in late middle age
The grown-up children of parents who have been together for 30, 40 or more years can also have their worlds turned inside out by what is known as a silver split.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/04/2014 12:34:00


original poster: used in online comments to refer to the person who posted the original question or comment
The OP needs to stand back from the situation and get some perspective.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 17:32:00

conscious uncoupling

a process where a couple aim to value their former relationship and remain on amicable terms while separating and/or divorcing
Conscious uncoupling brings wholeness to the spirits of both people who choose to recognize each other as their teacher.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 15:50:00

Internet of Things

(also IoT)
a network in which real world objects and living creatures have unique identifiers, enabling them to send and read data automatically
Reports claim the Internet of Things will boost the global economy by trillions of dollars.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 14:41:00


an informal way of saying 'whatever'
She was like, 'Your room is a tip.' and I'm like, 'whateves'.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 08:54:00

excited for

means the same as 'excited about' (=very happy and enthusiastic because something good is going to happen). It is used mainly by young people
Are you excited for your trip to Italy?
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 08:39:00


a distinct translation process that is mainly used to describe the adaptation of advertising and marketing copy
The transcreation process is very creative and client feedback should be positively encouraged.
Submitted by: Josian from United Kingdom on 25/03/2014 13:16:00


a harmless substance that causes harmful effects in patients who take it
Interestingly, nocebo complaints aren’t random; they tend to arise in response to the side effect warnings on the actual drug or treatment.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 25/03/2014 09:14:00


a flute-like Chinese musical instrument
Submitted by: tropes from Canada on 23/03/2014 14:22:00


in the area between
Cells in the brain shrink during sleep, increasing the size of the interstitial space, the gaps between brain tissue, and allowing more fluid to be pumped in and wash the toxins away.
Submitted by: Valerie Bevan from United Kingdom on 21/03/2014 10:25:00