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Hot Vocabulary!

On 08 Feb 2016

So, here I am, after a week of not writing. It’s Monday morning, which could be a bit of a downer, but with the vocabulary tips I’m going to give you here, you’re going to start this week on a high note.

So,  a few months ago…

back in September, I posted a vocabulary lesson on my Facebook page that focused on temperatures and then another one on weather words. In both posts I emphasized that when you learn words like these, it’s essential to think about both their  literal and figurative meanings.

Like “hot” can describe a high temperature or when used to describe a person it means something else entirely: sexually attractive!

Now let’s take a look at one of my favorite vocabulary words that has this kind of  “double meanings”:

Roller coaster:

Literally, it’s an amusement park ride that goes really fast with dramatic changes in altitude. Figuratively, you can use it to describe a situation (like maybe your life) that has dramatic ups and downs. Think winning the lottery, then getting hit by a car and breaking your clavicle, falling in love with your orthopedic trauma doctor, then getting dumped by said doctor. You get the idea. Your life is a roller-coaster!

One comment

  1. Lolo

    On February 8th, 2016 20:47

    A very good post ,I really think that the wealth of a language isn’t only in greats words ,is very important to know the several meanings and intonations of a simple word in order to use them in a standard conversation. I encourage you to write more about literal and figurative meaning of words.


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