Permacrisis has been chosen as the word of the year by Collins dictionary, among other words that reflect what we’ve been through this (again not-so-good) year.

I particularly like “splooting”. Can you guess its meaning by looking at the picture? 🙂

Click on the link below to learn more about the new words!

Steal the Show

To seal the show means becoming the main focus of attention, getting all the attention and praise.


Have you seen this woman perform? Do you agree with the statement?

How’s tricks?

(idiomatic, colloquial) Informal greeting roughly equivalent to How are you? , How’s it going? or What’s up?

According to Urbandictionary:

The true spelling should be Trix (with a capital T) because of its origin, which no one seems to know: It was (still) an informal greeting, started in the early 20th century; but the entire phrase was “How are Trixie and the kids?”… basically asking how one’s family was doing. Trixie was short for Beatrix, or Beatrice (a popular female name of the era) and came to be known as slang for “the wife”. Over time the phrase was shortened to simply “How’s Trix?”

Don’t hold your breath

It’s an informal expression used to tell someone not to expect something to happen.

It comes from the idea that it will take longer for it to happen than you can possibly hold your breath.

It is similar to the Spanish expression: No te hagas ilusiones.

Example: She said she was coming to the meeting this time, but don’t hold your breath. She’s never been to one.

Expressions about fear

With Halloween at hand, it looks like a good moment to revise some expressions related to fear. Did you know them?

A terrifying ordeal: If something is a tarrying ordeal it is a very frightening experience

  • It was such a terrifying ordeal. I’m glad that it’s over.

Send shivers down my spine: When something sends shivers down your spine, it terrifies you.

  • I watched a horror movie yesterday. Some of the scenes and the sound effects were so frightening that they sent shivers down my spine.

Give me goose bumps: Goose bumps are the little bumps that your skin gets when you are frightened or cold.

  • I can’t watch horror films. They give me goose bumps.

Make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up

  • If something makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, they scare you.

Scare the hell out of me

If something scares the hell out of you, they frighten you.

  • I don’t like to watch horror films because they scare the hell out of me.

Afraid or Scared – General Sentences

Fear is a universal emotion that all of us are familiar with. Here are a few sentences that you can use to talk about fear.

  • I get scared really easily.
  • I’m afraid of the dark.
  • I can’t watch horror films. They scare me.
  • I had a terrifying experience last week.
  • I get scared when I’m at home all by myself.