Spellzone November Round-Up

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Commonly Confused Words: Waist vs. Waste

Since we didn’t fit one in in October, we started November by adding to our Commonly Confusing Words series. This month’s words were waist and waste. One of these words refers to rubbish while the other one is a a part of the body – do you know which? Click here for tips and tricks to help you tell them apart.


25 Idioms about Earth

In November, we finally finished our collection of blog posts on idioms about the four elements. In this article we look idioms about both the planet earth and the earth on the ground. Click here to learn the meanings of expressions like ‘down to earth’, ‘salt of the earth’, and ‘from the ground up’. 

You may also be interested in our articles on idioms about water, air, and fire


10 Words for… HELLO

November 21 marked World Hello Day, an event which encourages people to greet ten people over the course of the day. So what else could we choose for this month’s 10 Words feature but the word hello? In this article we look at 10 different greetings used in English. Some of these are particularly confusing for second-language English speakers because they questions that do not to be answered literally. Learn more here


Sixty More American English Words and their British English Counterparts

This month, as a nod to American Thanksgiving, we shared a list of sixty American English words and their British English counterparts. You can view our first list from back in 2014 here.


Word for Wednesday 

How many times do you say thank you each day? Have you ever wondered where the phrase came from? Find out here in our Thanksgiving week Word for Wednesday post.

This month we also celebrated National Cappuccino Day and World Kindness Day, and we looked at the not-so-nice origins of the word nice


28 Nov 2019
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