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Adjectives: degress of comparison

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Overindulge

overindulgent snoopyTo overindulge is a verb which means you do something to excess. To put it another way, to overindulge means that the thoroughly reasonable concept of ‘moderation’ has been deleted from your brain cells.
So, during this festive holiday I have overindulged in eating, drinking sleeping and consuming hangover cures. Thankfully, I think overindulgence tempered with common sense is a life-affirming thing.

Life is short, so we might as well do everything to excess while we can. I say: work hard, party hard, live large! Wouldn’t you agree?

To be smart

smart

To be smart can have several meanings depending on the context. Sometimes the meaning is referring to your appearance, i.e. your clothes and general appearance is somewhere in between casual and elegant; more or less to be smart is to wear ‘formal’ clothes.

However, it can also refer to your intelligence. A smart person is a clever or intelligent person. Having said that and personally speaking, it’s very debatable whether ‘smart technology’, such as phones and cars should be called ‘smart’. In my book, surely, it depends on the hands using the devices and gadgets. Having a smart car doesn’t make you an intelligent driver.

Unfortunately, I usually never look smart and my mother is the only person who thinks I’m smart. Indeed, I have been called moronic countless times.

To be off the beaten track

off the beaten trackTo be ‘off the beaten track’ is an expression that describes a place that is not well-known by tourists.

For example: I can’t stand crowds, I prefer to visit places that are off the beaten track.

Inedible

gone off foodInedible is an adjective which means that something is unfit to eat. So, why might something be inedible? Well, the food could have gone off, or it could have passed its use-by date, or it could taste so bad that it’s not possible to swallow it. In fact, last month I hosted a dinner party and the soya chili I cooked was so inedible that we had to go out for dinner instead!

Gorgeous

gorgeousGorgeous:an adjective to explain that something or someone is extremely beautiful or brilliantly fantastic.
Examples:

  1. To compliment someone: ”You look gorgeous today!”
  2. To say hello: Hi gorgeous!
  3. A South African pinot noir tastes gorgeous on a Sunday afternoon when you are chilling out with friends at the beach

British People Love: Danger Mouse

Danger MouseDanger Mouse is the world’s greatest secret agent. He speaks 34 languages fluently, including some extraterrestrial ones. In 1983, Danger Mouse viewing figures hit an all-time high of 21.59 million viewers. Yep, 21 million British people had nothing better to do than to watch a mouse, and his sidekick mole partner, beat up villains and fight for justice.

Furthermore, in my last job I had the opportunity to spend a day at Crosgrove Hall Films, the production company who produced the British children’s animated TV series.  It was not one of my best days because I just couldn’t believe Danger Mouse wasn’t real.

Danger mouse, he’s amazing………….

 

British Kids and British People who want to make their kids invisible Love: Harry Potter

harry potterHarry Potter is a series of seven epic fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The series, chronicles the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, kill all non-magical people, the muggles, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

Once again my nephews love Harry Potter and they run around the garden waving big sticks in my direction screaming: ‘Janette, Wingardium Leviosa’. And, unbelievably, they are really surprised that I don’t start flying away. They seriously think that these magic tricks would work if their mummy would enroll them at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry so they could practice with ‘proper’ teachers! Yep, it has to be said that I’m green with envy at their unquestioning faith in magic!

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the films or read the books you can watch this 90 second video and get up to speed!

British Children Love: Bob the Builder

bob the builderMy nephew is nuts about Bob the Builder and I can not remember how many times I have had to sing: ‘Bob the Builder, can we fix it? Yes, we can!’.

Suffice it to say, British children love him, but from my point of view, Bob can build himself a boat, get on it and sail away to oblivion.

I hate the BBC for the Bob the Builder TV programme; I hate the songwriters for composing such an annoying theme tune, and I hate all my nephews’ little friends who jump up and down enthusiastically shouting: Janette the TEACHER, can you SPELL it? Grrrrrrrr!!!!!

SPEAKING CHALLENGE: LIFE IS INCREDIBLE

incredible synonyms

It has recently been suggested to me that life is becoming more INCREDIBLE. As a result of still being in post-holiday bliss and the recent owner of another sexy Apple gadget I instantly agreed. However, after a few too many glasses of red wine and a vodka chaser, I pondered more on this matter and thought, actually, what did he mean?

Is it that life is A: ‘more impossible to believe’, or B: ‘more wonderful’. And, is one definition negative and the other positive? OMG, I know – too much thinking!
Anyway, when faced with a dilemma of this magnitude, I always think it’s best to weigh up the pros and cons by writing a list. (On the other hand, it’s true; one could always save time and consult the font of all knowledge and wisdom: ‘Wikipedia’ for the answers,) but to cut to the chase, this is what I came up with:

Life is Incredible
So I ask YOU:
1, Is it true that life is more INCREDIBLE?
2, What 5 things would you say are impossible to believe and what 5 things would you say are wonderful?