100 Funniest Words in English


Abibliophobia The fear of running out of reading material.
Absquatulate To leave or abscond with something.
Allegator Some who alleges.
Anencephalous Lacking a brain.
Argle-bargle A loud row or quarrel.
Batrachomyomachy Making a mountain out of a molehill.
Billingsgate Loud, raucous profanity.
Bloviate To speak pompously or brag.
Blunderbuss A gun with a flared muzzle or disorganized activity.
Borborygm A rumbling of the stomach.
Boustrophedon A back and forth pattern.
Bowyang A strap that holds the pants legs in place.
Brouhaha An uproar.
Bumbershoot An umbrella.
Callipygian Having an attractive rear end or nice buns.
Canoodle To hug and kiss.
Cantankerous Testy, grumpy.
Catercornered Diagonal(ly).
Cockalorum A small, haughty man.
Cockamamie Absurd, outlandish.
Codswallop Nonsense, balderdash.
Collop A slice of meat or fold of flab.
Collywobbles Butterflies in the stomach.
Comeuppance Just reward, just deserts.
Crapulence Discomfort from eating or drinking too much.
Crudivore An eater of raw food.
Discombobulate To confuse.
Donnybrook An melee, a riot.
Doozy Something really great.
Dudgeon A bad mood, a huff.

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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  1. It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy your job or not as long as it’s a well-paid job.
  2. Self-employment is more stimulating than working for a large organisation.
  3. Modern communication practices are essential to the success of a company today:
    teleconferencing, video conferences, social networking, etc.
  4. Innovation is different from invention.
  5. In the future all companies will be internet companies.
  6. Anyone who has contact with a customer is a salesperson – and that includes the person who answers the phone!
  7. Small companies can adapt more quickly to changes in the market place than big companies.
  8. Companies become more efficient as they grow in size.
  9. More time is wasted during meetings than during any other business activity.
  10. It is impossible to have a successful career and a happy family life.
    You have to choose one or the other.
  11. It is impossible for young people to find a (good) job today without help from someone.
  12. A successful salesperson knows the strengths and weaknesses of competing products.
  13. The internet is already an essential communication tool in today’s world.
    It will be even further developed for business in the future.
  14. Small companies cannot offer employees opportunities for promotion.
  15. There is more creativity in multinational companies than in small firms.
  16. Qualifications are more important today than ever before.

How to use humor effectively in speeches

Have you wondered how to use humor effectively in speeches?

What gets a laugh? What doesn’t, and why?

It’s tricky!

Most of us, myself included, want to effortlessly entertain as well as inform. We know and appreciate the gifts humor brings. There’s audience rapport; their bright-eyed eagerness to hear what you have to share, their easy readiness to laugh, the way they lean forward to catch your next comment …

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Inglês com vídeos: Se as pessoas fossem honestas no trabalho

Hey, how are you doing?

Você trabalha em um ambiente corporativo? Como é o escritório / empresa onde trabalha?

Como professora, sempre convivi em um ambiente muito informal e saudável, ao contrário de alguns amigos, que algumas vezes recorrem ao meu ombro para desabafar algumas frustrações em relação ao local que trabalham. Perdi as contas de quantas vezes me peguei em conversa com eles sobre como precisam lidar com alguns colegas de trabalho que são chatos, ou aquele chefe autoritário…

Eu mesma já vi minha ideia roubada algumas vezes por alguém superior a mim e não levar qualquer crédito pela iniciativa. Frustrante, não é mesmo?

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Inglês para Viagem: Transporte

Em uma viagem, antes ou depois de chegar ao hotel (ou a algum outro lugar que você esteja ficando), você utiliza algum meio de transporte: carro, ônibus, trem, avião, etc. Para você não ficar a ver navios, preparamos uma lista com algumas expressões úteis nesta etapa.

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Usos da preposição “for”

lulutz pergunta: “Uma das diferenças mais notáveis entre o simple past e o present perfect é que o primeiro normalmente é acompanhado de um tempo específico (last year, on saturday, etc), já o present perfect não. Entretanto, surgiu uma dúvida quanto às expressões de refeições como for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner. Elas são consideradas um tempo específico? Ou seja, é errado falar ‘They’ve chosen Chinese food for dinner’?” 

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