WORDS OF THE WEEK | May round up

Every Friday on our Instagram we post a word of the week – a word that you should know if you are learning English!

Here is a round up of all of the words we posted in May:

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Week 1: TRAILBLAZER


Noun.

PRONOUNCED: [treil·blei·zuh]

MEANING:

A person who is the first to do something or go somewhere.


EXAMPLES:

  • “She always wears crazy outfits but after a few weeks everyone starts to copy her. She is a trailblazer in fashion.” 👠👗
  • “She is a trailblazer because she was the first Black woman to become a Member of Parliament.” ♀️🗣️
  • “They are technological trailblazers because they are always inventing new electronic devices.” 💡📱

Week 2: JOBSWORTH


Noun. (informal – negative – British)

MEANING:

A self important person who delights in interpreting and enforcing rules & procedures – even when the rules are overly elaborate or even obstructive.

EXAMPLES:

  • “Mary is such a jobsworth! She makes us book an appointment even if we just want to borrow a pen” 🙄✒️
  • “My manager is making me go into work to sign a form to confirm that I will be working from home this week…jobsworth!”🗃️🙄

Week 3: DISCOMBOBULATE

(humorous)

Verb.

MEANING:

To completely confuse someone.

EXAMPLES:

  • “They changed the layout of the office and it discombobulated the staff! No one knew where to sit!”🤷😅
  • “I was having a dream where I was late for work! It discombobulated me and I woke up feeling really confused.”💭🤷‍♂️💫

Week 4: CLOCK OFF / CLOCK OUT

(British, informal)

Phrasal verb.

PRONOUNCED: [klok-off / klok-owt]

MEANING:
To leave or finish work (from when workers would physically put a card into a special machine that would record the time they entered or left work)

EXAMPLES:

  • “We’re clocking off early because of the rain” ☔
  • “I’ll finish the rest of the work tomorrow, it’s time to clock off” 😴
  • “I clocked off at 6 pm” 🎉

Check out our tips for how to memorise vocabulary here!

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