My English Dictionary

E

  • épée / epee - /ˈɛpeɪ/ - modern derivative of the original duelling sword, used in sport fencing; épée is French for "sword"; Polish: szpada

F

  • freebie - something which is given to you without you having to pay for it
  • full stop - used at the end of a sentence, usually when you are angry, to say you will not continue to discuss a subject

I

  • IKEA - pronounced something like /iˈke.a/ in most languages, but in English it is /aɪˈkiː.ə/, similar to the word "idea"
  • -ish - suffix used to form adjectives to give the meaning to some degree; partly; quite

M

  • marshmallow - a light, spongy, very sweet confection made of corn syrup, gelatin, sugar, and starch and dusted with powdered sugar
  • mishmash - a collection or mixture of unrelated things
  • mumble - to speak words indistinctly, indistinct speech

P

  • p - symbol for the penny, hence an amount such as 50p (£0.50) is usually pronounced fifty pee rather than fifty pence
  • penny - 1⁄100 of the British pound sterling
  • perpendicular - in mathematics two lines at right angles, the term may be used as a noun or adjective
  • plumb - a carpentry term meaning a line which is exactly vertical, or perpendicular to a level horizontal line

Q

  • quid (singular and plural) - a pound sterling

S

  • shot put - athletics event involving "putting" (throwing in a pushing motion) a heavy metal ball (called the shot) as far as possible
  • should - FORMAL: used when referring to a possible event in the future, ex. Should you (= If you) ever need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me.
  • spirit level - an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is level or plumb

U

  • über- / uber- - /ˈuː.bər/ - prefix that is a synonym for super, generally with a slightly intensified meaning
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