A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word is ‘seasoned‘, an adjective we use to describe someone who has a lot of experience in a certain area.

Judging by the map hanging in his kitchen, on which he had marked a blue dot in every location he had ever visited, there was no doubt that Sebastian was a seasoned traveller.

mapAre you a seasoned traveller? A seasoned professional?
Or a seasoned something else perhaps?
Tell us about it and practise your English!

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A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word is cushy, an adjective we use to describe a job that is undemanding, easy and involves little effort for big rewards (and it may be useful to note that this word can have slightly pejorative connotations).

Mable, for example, has the cushy job of supervising the cushions here at The English Garden, yet is the first to complain about how hard she works.

cushyWhat are the advantages and disadvantages of a cushy job?
Do you have one?
Would you like one?

Tell us about it and practise your English!

A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word is the adverb flat out meaning either in a direct manner or at top speed and with maximum effort.

Our friend B. Bascal of legendary Bascal Productions has been working flat out this week in preparation for an upcoming event. However, when we spoke to him, he denied flat out that he was overdoing it.
Judging by this photo sent in by one of his assistants though, we are not fully convinced….

B. Bascal

A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word is penchant a noun meaning strong inclination, taste, or liking for something.

Our friend Sebastian, for example, has a real penchant for fast cars so you can always catch him by the circuit at Formula One races.

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What do you have a penchant for?
Tell us about it and practise your English!

Note: All photos are taken / created by the English Gardener (who doesn’t have, or know how to use photoshop)

A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word is straightforward. Literally.

Straightforward is an adjective which can be used to describe both people and things.

A straightforward person is honest and frank while something straightforward is uncomplicated and easy to do or understand.

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‘Due to planned engineering works Jeremy’s commute from Finchley Central to Waterloo was not going to be quite as straightforward as on a normal Wednesday.’

Is there something you’ve had to do recently which wasn’t as straightforward as you had anticipated?
Or maybe the other way round?

Tell us about it and practise your English!

A Word for Wednesday

As it’s May Day, today’s word is one related to world of work, more specifically, related to the world of getting to work.

Yes, our word for today is the noun and verb commute, meaning to travel some distance regularly between one’s home and one’s place of work (or, in the case of the noun, the journey itself).


Getting a parking spot was almost impossible in that part of town, but as the train connection was bad there was simply no other way for Chloe to commute.

If you are in a country where today is a holiday, we hope you are enjoying your day off (perhaps doing something lavish or luxurious?)

If not, to take your mind off the fact that some of us are on holiday while you are working, and of course, to practise your English, why not tell us about your commute, or perhaps share a funny story that happened while you were commuting.

(Note: if you don’t commute, but want to join in the fun, feel free to share any story you like).

Another Word for Wednsday

Today this blog has reached 50 followers and so, to commemorate this historic occasion, the second Word for Wednesday is thanks.

Thanks for reading, commenting, liking and contributing, or even just looking.
Thank you to those who have just joined and to those who have been here since before it even started.

For anyone who has come across one of my musings, I hope you’ve found it useful and that it made you think (about English, life or even just lunch) and if not, I hope that it at least made you smile.

I’m including some images which have appeared in previous posts, see if you can remember what words or expression they refer to (if you then click on them you’ll get the answer).*

Anyway, thanks again everyone!

The English Gardener

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* Ok, I admit, this was in fact just a cheap excuse to get a bit more mileage out of these photos as they are the most time consuming part of creating this blog (the fairies can be quite demanding, often unhappy with how they have come out and therefore requiring many re-takes, Gregory doesn’t stop singing while being photographed and Chloe is very impatient…!)

A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word for Wednesday is figure out, a phrasal verb meaning to understand or make sense of something.

museum‘It had been a while since a work of art had taken her breath away like that. Yet despite spending what seemed like an eternity in front of his latest masterpiece she still couldn’t quite figure out what the artist was trying to say.’

Is there something you need help figuring out?
Tell us about it and practise your English (and, who knows, maybe get some clarity!).