How the digital world affects the appearance of new words in English.
Diana Lea taught English in Czechoslovakia and Poland before joining Oxford University Press as a dictionary editor in 1994. She has worked on a number of dictionaries for learners of English, including the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and the Oxford Collocations Dictionary. She is the editor of the Oxford Learner’s Thesaurus – a dictionary of synonyms and of the ELTon award-winning Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English.
New words that enter the language are a reflection of the way people’s lives are changing. If we look at what is trending, we can see that new technology can bring with it new capabilities. There are wearables – computing devices that you can wear, such as a smartwatch – which are touch-sensitive and may be voice-activated. Superfast broadband and in-app purchase offer new opportunities, but there’s a new distraction in the form of clickbait – that’s a link or headline…
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The stars in their galaxy can never outshine your love in my heart. You are the light that lightens my world every blessed day. I love you.
In English there are lots of lovely idioms about love.
See and use:
1. Puppy Love
Puppy love is an idiom that refers to the strong feeling of affection between two young people. It is also called young love.
They say it is just puppy love. The high-school sweethearts say it is true love.
2. Head over heels in love and hung up on
The idiomatic expressions head over heels in love and hung up on both mean to be very much in love with another person. They can even mean obsession or infatuation.
He’s head over heels in love with Sue! He’s totally hung up on her.
3. Whisper sweet nothings
The idiom whisper sweet nothings implies saying intimate words to someone. Usually, people say sweet nothings in someone’s ears.
Grandpa whispered sweet nothings in grandma’s ears while they were seated in the porch overlooking the lake.
4. Find Mr. Right
Find Mr. Right is an idiom that connotes finding the right male partner. This idiom specifically says that Mr. Right is a husband material or somebody who can be a future husband.
She wants to find Mr. Right. At her age, she feels that she’s ready for marriage.
5. Pop the Question and Ask for Someone’s Hand in Marriage
Pop the question and ask for someone’s hand in marriage are idioms that refer to marriage proposals. Pop the question is casual while ask for someone’s hand in marriage is a little formal.
The prince asked for her hand in marriage in an elaborately planned proposal in the yacht.
6. On the Rocks
On the rocks is an idiom that connotes having problems in a relationship.
The relationship is on the rocks and the couple seems unable to find ways to resolve their differences.
7. Kiss and Makeup
Kiss and makeup is an idiom that means becoming friends or lovers again after a nasty fight.
We are quick to kiss and makeup. We make sure arguments make us stronger, not weaker.
8. A Match Made in Heaven
The idiom a match made in heaven refers to two people in a relationship who seem to get along with each other extremely well.
They are a match made in heaven. They enjoy doing things together and cannot stand being away from each other for even a single day.
Learn more 10 Love Idioms Explained to English
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