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DAILY ENGLISH (ESL Podcast)

Daily English 16
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751  
Describing One’s Taste in Music
About You, Entertainment + Sports
752  
Working With Unreliable People
Business
753  
Enduring Hazing
Relationships + Family
754  
Being in a Flood
Nature + Weather, Travel
755  
Rejecting Newer Technology
Technology
756  
Holding Structured and Unstructured Meetings
Business
757  
Getting Political Support
Government + Law
758  
Showing Off a New Purchase
Shopping
759  
Worrying About Your Children
Relationships + Family
760  
Paycheck Deductions
Business, Money
761  
Animals in a Zoo
Entertainment + Sports
762  
Eating a Family Dinner
Food + Drink
763  
Dealing with an Apartment Super
Home + Community
764  
Being Unsure and Unready
Business
765  
Annulling a Marriage
Relationships + Family
766  
Describing Shapes and Sizes
Home + Community
767  
Taking Care of Your Teeth
Health + Medicine
768  
Negotiating Price
Business, Money
769  
Trying Unusual Foods
Food + Drink
770  
Joining a Tour
Travel
771  
Commuting by Train
Transportation
772  
Types of People at Work
About You, Business
773  
Dealing With Debt
Money
774  
Describing Height and Build
About You, Relationships + Family
775  
Making Repairs on the Outside of a House
Home + Community
776  
Getting Praise and Recognition
Business
777  
Supplies for Outdoor Recreation
Entertainment + Sports, Nature + Weather
778  
Getting Your Pocket Picked
Money
779  
Giving CPR
Health + Medicine
780  
Being Sued
Business, Government + Law
781  
Filming a TV Show or Movie
Entertainment + Sports
782  
Expressing Bitter Feelings
About You, Relationships + Family
783  
Different Political Philosophies
Government + Law
784  
Socializing With Clients
Business
785  
Consulting a Pharmacist
Health + Medicine
786  
Going to a Bar
Entertainment + Sports
787  
Speaking to a Baby or Young Child
Relationships + Family
788  
Being Conservative and Daring
About You, Business
789  
Taking Care of Pets
Home + Community
790  
Giving Birth to Twins
Health + Medicine, Relationships + Family
791  
Taking Photographs
Entertainment + Sports, Travel
792  
Business Zoning
Business
793  
Signing Professional Athletes
Entertainment + Sports
794  
Getting Over a Fight
Relationships + Family
795  
Ordering Coffee and Tea
Food + Drink
796  
Setting Up Conference Calls and Videoconferences
Business
797  
Managing a Classroom
Education
798  
Being Cautious or Thrill-Seeking
About You, Relationships + Family
799  
Dealing With the Heat
Nature + Weather
800  
Advertising Jobs on the Internet
Business, Technology
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801  
Reading Online Reviews
Technology, Travel
802  
Reading Online Reviews
Entertainment + Sports
803  
Negotiating a Peace Treaty
Government + Law, Relationships + Family
804  
Dealing with Time Changes in Scheduling
Business
805  
Listening to Shock Jocks
Entertainment + Sports
806  
Essential and Optional Things
Daily Life, Travel
807  
Getting an Unexpected Marriage Proposal
Relationships + Family
808  
Asking for Time Off
Business
809  
A Weather Forecast
Nature + Weather
810  
Switching Cell Phone Plans
Shopping, Technology
811  
A Heckler at a Sports Game
Entertainment + Sports
812  
Losing Employees to Other Companies
Business
813  
Doing Basic Exercises
Entertainment + Sports, Health + Medicine
814  
Getting Rid of Bugs and Rodents
Home + Community
815  
Buying Dinnerware
Food + Drink, Shopping
816  
Running a Pilot Program
Business
817  
Getting a School Class Schedule
Education
818  
Placing a Drink Order
Food + Drink
819  
Athletes Behaving Badly
Entertainment + Sports
820  
Performing Poorly at Work
Business
821  
Eating Contaminated Food
Health + Medicine
822  
Having a Frightening Experience
About You
823  
Dealing With a Bothersome Person
Relationships + Family
824  
Grooming a Successor
Business
825  
Political Advertising
Daily Life, Government + Law
826  
Shopping for a Used Car
Transportation
827  
Fad Dieting
Health + Medicine
828  
Important Business Contacts
Business
829  
Having a Barbecue
Food + Drink, Home + Community
830  
Donating to a Thrift Store
Clothing + Grooming, Daily Life
831  
Not the Marrying Kind
Relationships + Family
832  
Creating an Online Store
Business, Technology
833  
Shooting Travel Videos
Technology, Travel
834  
Breaching Computer Security
Technology
835  
Getting Shocking News
Relationships + Family
836  
Working Shifts
Business
837  
Driving While Calling and Texting
Technology, Transportation
838  
Talking About Immigration
Government + Law
839  
Getting a Divorce
Relationships + Family
840  
Translating a Document
Business
841  
Adopting a Child
Relationships + Family
842  
Taking a Standardized Test
Education
843  
Passing Through Airport Security
Travel
844  
Dealing With Corrupt Officials
Business, Government + Law
845  
Dropping Out of College
Education
846  
Donating Blood
Health + Medicine
847  
Experiencing a Blackout
Home + Community
848  
An Unscrupulous Partner
Business
849  
Bargaining With Store Owners
Money, Travel
850  
Betting on Sports
Entertainment + Sports
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851  
Finding a House to Buy
Home + Community, Shopping
852  
Working in a Factory
Business
853  
Reading an Obituary
About You
854  
Singing Christmas Carols
Entertainment + Sports
855  
Learning Fire Safety
Daily Life, Health + Medicine
856  
Training Salespeople
Business
857  
Being Arrested by the Police
Government + Law
858  
Donating an Organ
Health + Medicine
859  
Attending an Ex’s Wedding
Relationships + Family
860  
Insider Trading
Business
861  
Planning a Children’s Party
Relationships + Family
862  
Getting a Massage
Health + Medicine
863  
Limiting Free Speech
Government + Law
864  
Going to Business School
Business, Education
865  
Believing in Predictions
Daily Life, Entertainment + Sports
866  
Using Renewable Energy
Home + Community, Transportation
867  
Talking About Attractive Men and Women
About You, Relationships + Family
868  
Mergers and Acquisitions
Business
869  
Touring Celebrity Homes and Filming Locations
Travel
870  
Using Caffeine as a Stimulant
Health + Medicine
871  
Listening to Club Music
Entertainment + Sports
872  
A Publicity Stunt
Business
873  
Avoiding Giving an Opinion
Daily Life
874  
Poor Road Conditions
Transportation
875  
Shopping at the Supermarket
Daily Life, Shopping
876  
Preparing a Professional Portfolio
Business
877  
Cheering Someone Up
About You
878  
Recovering from an Illness or Injury
Health + Medicine
879  
Saying No
Daily Life
880  
Forming a Union
Business
881  
Eating Genetically Modified Foods
Food + Drink
882  
Playing a Practical Joke
Entertainment + Sports
883  
Taking Care of a Willful Child
Daily Life, Relationships + Family
884  
Types of Meetings
Business
885  
Talking to a Bank Teller
Money
886  
Driving Through a Speed Trap
Transportation
887  
A Destructive Storm
Education
888  
Advertising in TV and Movies
Business
889  
Taking Up a New Hobby
Entertainment + Sports
890  
Enjoying Nature
Nature + Weather, Travel
891  
Checking on the Status of an Application
Education
892  
Preparing for the Busy Season
Business
893  
Sports-Related Injuries
Entertainment + Sports, Health + Medicine
894  
Understanding Modern Art
Entertainment + Sports
895  
Government Reactions to Protests
Government + Law
896  
Preparing a Speech
Business
897  
Cooking a Meal
Food + Drink
898  
People of Different Ages
About You, Travel
899  
Purchasing and Using an E-Ticket
Travel
900  
Simplifying Information
Business
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901  
Participating in a Clinical Trial
Health + Medicine
902  
Being Chivalrous and Protective
About You, Relationships + Family
903  
Listening to a Traffic Report
Transportation
904  
Working Overseas
Business, Travel
905  
Getting a Marriage License
Relationships + Family
906  
Using Illegal Drugs
Government + Law, Health + Medicine
907  
Buying Tools at a Hardware Store
Home + Community, Shopping
908  
Being Territorial at Work
Business
909  
Buying Electronic Books
Entertainment + Sports, Technology
910  
Plagiarizing a Paper
Education
911  
Correcting and Explaining in Conversation
Daily Life, Relationships + Family
912  
Working as a Lobbyist
Business, Government + Law
913  
Experiencing Motion Sickness
Health + Medicine, Travel
914  
Wanting Peace and Quiet
Daily Life, Travel
915  
Learning to Read Music
Entertainment + Sports
916  
Being Forced Out of a Position
Business
917  
Types of Families
Relationships + Family
918  
Preparing for a Disaster
Nature + Weather
919  
Visiting Childcare Centers
Relationships + Family
920  
Leasing Business Equipment
Business
921  
Describing Chance and Probability
Relationships + Family
922  
Getting a Second Opinion
Health + Medicine
923  
Having Bad Credit
Money
924  
Getting Access to Important People
Business
925  
Going Through Customs
Government + Law, Travel
926  
Getting an Advantage in Sports
Entertainment + Sports
927  
Being Tidy and Messy
About You, Relationships + Family
928  
Understanding Corporate Structure
Business
929  
Trying to Locate Someone
Daily Life
930  
Fearing Bioterrorism
Government + Law, Health + Medicine
931  
Solving a Mystery
Entertainment + Sports
932  
Rebuilding Consumer Trust
Business
933  
Letting Go of the Past
About You
934  
Watching Special Effects
Entertainment + Sports
935  
Showing Signs of Age
About You
936  
Working With the IT Department
Business, Technology
937  
Being a Stay-at-Home Dad
Daily Life, Relationships + Family
938  
Learning to Ride the Subway
Transportation
939  
Planning a Wedding
Relationships + Family
940  
Ending Excessive Spending
Business, Money
941  
Types of Shopping Areas
Shopping
942  
Daily Chores on a Farm
Home + Community
943  
Making a Will
Relationships + Family
944  
Working as an Intern
Business
945  
Using Electronics While Traveling
Technology, Travel
946  
Designing a Building
Daily Life, Home + Community
947  
Seeing a Circus Performance
Entertainment + Sports
948  
Listening to Motivational Speakers
Business
949  
Dealing With a Contagious Disease
Health + Medicine
950  
Visiting a Construction Site
Daily Life
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951  
Parts of a Hospital
Health + Medicine
952  
Dealing With Rising Production Costs
Business
953  
Living With Insects and Spiders
Nature + Weather
954  
Participating in Winter Sports
Entertainment + Sports
955  
Dating a Possessive Person
Relationships + Family
956  
Running a Family-Owned Business
Business
957  
Doping in Sports
Entertainment + Sports, Health + Medicine
958  
Selecting a Neighborhood to Live In
Home + Community
959  
A Territorial Dispute
Government + Law, Travel
960  
Giving Someone Your Recommendation
Business
961  
Learning to Dance
Entertainment + Sports
962  
Recovering After a Setback
Entertainment + Sports, Money
963  
Admiring a Baby
Relationships + Family
964  
Using Infographics
Business, Technology
965  
Meeting Your Boyfriend’s/Girlfriend’s Parents
Relationships + Family
966  
Converting to Another Religion
Daily Life
967  
Feeling Embarrassed
Entertainment + Sports, Relationships + Family
968  
Recording an Outgoing Voice Mail Message
Business, Technology
969  
Using Electronics on Airplanes
Technology, Travel
970  
Having a Backup Plan
Daily Life
971  
Getting in to See a Busy Doctor
Health + Medicine
972  
Paying an Employee Under the Table
Business
973  
Attracting Someone’s Interest
Relationships + Family
974  
Talking About Old Crimes
Government + Law
975  
Making Food from Scratch
Food + Drink
976  
Showing Immaturity
About You, Business
977  
Parts of the Body
About You, Health + Medicine
978  
Getting Access to Restricted Areas
Daily Life
979  
Types of Humor
Entertainment + Sports
980  
Retiring Abroad
Business, Daily Life
981  
Diplomatic and Economic Sanctions
Government + Law
982  
Home Shopping
Shopping
983  
Breaking Bad Habits
About You
984  
Competing in Business
Business
985  
School Fundraisers
Education
986  
Buying and Selling Family Heirlooms
Relationships + Family, Shopping
987  
Taking Prescription Drugs
Health + Medicine
988  
Playing Fair in Business
Business
989  
Dealing with a Mass Transit Strike
Transportation
990  
Being Socially Popular
Entertainment + Sports, Relationships + Family
991  
Describing Distances
Daily Life, Travel
992  
Loan Forgiveness Programs
Business, Education
993  
Doing Spring Cleaning
Home + Community
994  
Describing Accuracy and Inaccuracy
Entertainment + Sports
995  
Proper Behavior at a Formal Event
Daily Life, Entertainment + Sports
996  
Importing Goods to the U.S.
Business
997  
Writing One’s Memoirs
About You
998  
Meeting a New Neighbor
Home + Community, Relationships + Family
999  
Being Vague and Unfocused
About You
1000  
Reaching a Milestone
Business

CULTURAL ENGLISH (English Cafe)

Cultural English 16
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Topics: Ask an American – Beards and facial hair; sin versus transgression; totally versus definitely; “I ever go there”
452
Topics: Lau v. Nichols; vaudeville; finally versus ultimately; trickle versus drizzle; coincidence
453
Topics: Famous Americans – Amelia Earhart; Prom; ethics versus morals; on the very first day versus on the very day; to warrant and to address
454
Topics: Movie – The Shawshank Redemption; The Pentagon; to go ahead versus straight ahead; cheesy and quirky; a few quarters short of a buck
455
Topics: American Presidents – James Monroe; to oppress versus to suppress versus to repress; fruit and vegetables versus fruits and vegetables; file not sent/file not supported
456
Topics: Ask an American – Offensive mascots; capacity versus capability; to punch in versus to punch out; to put the cat among the pigeons
457
Topics: Famous Songs – “Mack the Knife”; Monument Valley and the Valley of the Gods; stem versus stalk versus shoot; using one’s middle name as one’s first name; indeed
458
Topics: Miranda v. Arizona; Famous Americans: Rube Goldberg; to heal versus to cure; to give up versus to give in; no way
459
Topics: The Scottsboro Boys Trial; The Grammy Awards; so versus too; to bash; to whip the crowd into a frenzy
460
Topics: American Musicals and Movies - Grease; Workers’ Compensation Laws; whirl versus swirl versus eddy; to be curious versus to wonder; beloved
461
Topics: The Basics of Basketball; Flea Markets; grass versus herb; delectable versus palatable; be my guest
462
Topics: Movies - Singin’ in the Rain; Famous Authors – Clare Booth Luce; to exchange versus to change versus to switch; to walk off; margin
463
Topics: American Presidents – George H. W. Bush; “architects let rip with a wave of ambitious and beautifully crafted buildings”; to keep (someone) out of (one’s) hair; pronouncing dead versus debt
464
Topics: The Roaring Twenties; The Empire State Building; Indians (Asians) versus Indians (indigenous peoples); to blow up versus to explode; staging ground
465
Famous Songs – “If I Had a Hammer”; How to Become a Social Worker; to dismantle versus to disassemble; guilt versus blame; to cross the great divide
466
Ask an American – Being a twin; to revoke versus to nullify versus to rescind; waste; bon voyage
467
Topics: Movies – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Famous Americans – Babe Didrikson Zaharias; to deliver versus to distribute versus to ship; describing the loss of hair on a man’s head; to ward off
468
Topics: The Jonestown Massacre; Square Dancing; perspective versus prospective versus prospect; scheme versus schema; heart condition
469
Topics: American Presidents – Grover Cleveland; to understand versus to grab versus to grasp versus to get (it); the suffix –hood; pronouncing words with the first letter “e”
470
Topics: Famous Americans – James Fenimore Cooper; The Farmer’s Almanac; in favor of versus in (one’s) favor; feat of strength, raw human strength, and to be forced against table’s edge; to multitask
471
Topics: Famous Americans – John Brown; High School Reunions; phantom versus soul; coast versus shore; plug nickel
472
Topics: Movies – Amadeus; The Adelsverein; neither and nor: earworm; badass
473
Topics: Famous Buildings/Structures – The Brooklyn Bridge; The Minimum Wage; to speculate versus to deliberate versus to contemplate; holy moly; down-and-dirty
474
Topics: How to Become a Dentist; The Guano Island Act; classic versus classical; to be there for (someone) versus to take (someone) there; after full deliberation
475
Topics: American Presidents – George W. Bush; I beg to differ, Would it kill you to (do something)?, ashes to ashes (dust to dust); worth more than; hodge podge, gazillion, and tons of
476
Topics: Ask an American – Drought and a new gold rush; vendor versus salesman versus pitcher; to clinch versus to breeze into versus to blow away; pronouncing bird versus beard versus bear
477
Topics: The American Indian Movement of the 1970s; Famous Buildings – The Sears Tower; inception versus conception versus to beget; to get back; cash on the barrelhead
478
Topics: Famous Musicals – All That Jazz; Winter Carnivals; irony and metaphor; pronouncing routed and data; hopefully
479
Topics: American Presidents – James K. Polk; beach versus shore versus coast; concept versus conception
480
Topics: American Musicals/Movies – The Sound of Music; Public Housing and “The Projects”; to soak versus to immerse versus to dip versus to pickle; so-called versus so to speak
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481
Topics - The Three Mile Island Accident; Famous Buildings: Chrysler Building; quarrel versus argument versus controversy; concerned versus worried; amounted to
482
Topics: American Authors – Willa Cather; the basics of hockey; oblivious versus forgetfulness; carnivore versus predator; equal versus identical
483
Topics: American Presidents – William Howard Taft; deprecated versus obsolete versus outdated; to insist versus to persist; to set (one’s) jaw square
484
Topics: American Movies – Sunset Boulevard; the Borscht Belt and the Chitlin’ Circuit; renumeration/remuneration versus reimbursement versus kickback; to print off (copies) versus to photocopy; nitty-gritty
485
Topics: Famous Americans – Charles and Ray Eames; The Black Fives Leagues and The Negro Baseball Leagues; inner and outer versus inside and outside; severely versus seriously
486
Topics: Ask an American – Independent Bookstores; ever since versus ever after; varied versus various; ability versus skill
487
Topics: The Lenny Bruce Trial; American Cancer Society; to assume versus to guess; turtle versus tortoise
488
Topics: American Musicals/Movies – The Producers; The Statue of Liberty; sponsored by versus powered by versus encouraged by; putting the crunch back; hoochie
489
Topics: American Authors – Alex Haley; American Bandstand; continuous versus contiguous; let alone and to kick the bucket; the birds and bees talk
490
Topics: Famous Americans – Muhammad Ali; The Golden Gate Bridge; valuable versus invaluable; north/south versus northern/southern; common ground and universal experience
491
Topics: American Presidents – Rutherford B. Hayes; emission versus propagation; he/she don’t; to do (someone’s) bidding
492
Topics: Movies – Twelve Angry Men; Washington National Cathedral; cool versus awesome; closure and mental loafer; no biggie
493
Topics: Americans Abroad – The Founding of Liberia; The Gateway Arch; to struggle versus to fight versus to carry on; to churn and burn; hipster doofus
494
Topics: American Authors – Jack London; Our Gang and The Little Rascals; gruesome versus horrible versus disgusting; son of a gun; to lash out
495
Topics: Famous Americans – Jim Henson and The Muppets; The Doors; peculiar versus freaky; ambiance versus environment; to wet (one’s) whistle
496
Topics: Ask an American – Digital music technology; It’s called being nice versus It’s called been nice; to stutter versus to stumble; mean
497
Topics: American Presidents – James A. Garfield; to resign/draw/abandon match; gorgeous versus magnificent; nail in (someone’s) coffin
498
Topics: American Movies/Musicals – Mary Poppins; Craigslist; oblivion and to overwhelm; to select versus to elect; wee hours
499
Topics: Americans Abroad – The Confederados in Brazil; Chaco Canyon National Historical Park; speaking in tongues, folks, porridge, and just right; to ingratiate (oneself) with
500
Topics: Famous Americans – Elizabeth Blackwell; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; to delay versus to put off versus to procrastinate; during versus while; sheer
501
Topics: Famous Movies – Raiders of the Lost Ark; Hotel Del Coronado; to forfeit versus to nullify versus to revoke; nonetheless versus nevertheless; to live versus live
502
Topics: The Massie Trial; concept versus content versus context; whereas versus while; [month]+[date] versus [date] of [month]
503
Topics: American Presidents – Calvin Coolidge; further versus furthermore versus more; resilience versus resistance; You can say that again.
504
Topics: American Movies – The Fugitive; The United States Capitol Building; knowable versus scrutable versus tangible; to go through versus to get through; to man up
505
Topics: Famous Americans – Jonas Salk; The Wanamaker Department Stores; it’s all yours; good for you; fair enough; hyphen versus dash; All of the good, none of the bad
506
Topics: Ask an American - International work visas; to demonstrate versus to indicate versus to denote; hoot and to not give a hoot; Nice to meet you
507
Topics: The Leo Franks Trial; on hand versus in hand versus at hand; discrete versus discretion
508
Topics: American Musicals – Cabaret; The Guggenheim Museum; relation versus relationship; rerun versus syndication; belly of the beast
509
Topics: American Playwrights – Arthur Miller; Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; to evoke versus to invoke; fluently versus fluency; pronouncing bought and boat, late and let, and beer and bear
510
Topics: American Presidents – Benjamin Harrison; to call the shots versus to wear the pants; inquiry versus enquiry; There’s more than one way to skin a cat.
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511
Topics: American Movies – Toy Story; The United States Naval Academy; buddy versus chum versus pal; fee versus pay; Clean clams crammed in clean cans
512
Topics: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire; Radio City Music Hall and The Rockettes; Satan versus Devil versus demon versus evil; to know best; with regard to
513
Topics: Famous Americans – The Fox Sisters; Famous Songs – “I’m a Little Teapot”; to lack versus to be short of versus to be shy of versus to be out of; to clean versus to wash; pronouncing “Wh”
514
Topics: The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre; American Playwrights – David Mamet; to atone versus to make amends versus to do penance; compassion versus empathy; to reckon
515
Topics: Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Famous Americans – Mary Pickford; to infer versus to deduce versus to derive; to clean out versus to free up; civil disturbance versus civil unrest
516
Topics: Ask an American - Community policing; perspective versus notion versus viewpoint; to burst out versus to break out versus to explode; "Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour in the day count!"
517
Topics: Movies – Die Hard; American Authors – Emma Lazarus; in front of versus ahead of versus before; as if versus as though versus as for; to take stock
518
Topics: American Presidents – Franklin Delano Roosevelt; to be trapped versus to be lodged; to keep it together, to keep a stiff upper lip, and as luck would have it; pardon me
519
Topics: American Authors – Tom Wolfe; Aerosmith; to convince versus to compel; latter versus last; ultimate
520
Topics: Famous Americans – Henry Gaylord Wilshire; The Flatiron Building; regime versus regimen; to laugh versus laughter; to unveil versus to reveal; to light up
521
Topics: Famous Americans – Jackson Pollock; American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; to restrain versus to refrain versus to subside; velocity versus quickness; to have been down that road before
522
Topics: American Playwrights – Eugene O’Neill; The Passenger Pigeon; spare versus slender; Was I wrong!
523
Topics: American Movies – Frankenstein; Famous Americans – James Brown; to boost versus to foster versus to encourage; funky; right as rain
524
Topics: American Presidents – Chester A. Arthur; intimate versus personal versus private; particular versus specific versus in particular; I beg your pardon
525
Topics: Famous Americans – W.C. Fields; The Video Game Pong; trim, quarter- round, and carpenter; to condemn and conscious; transliteration
526
Topics: Ask an American – Journalism and Technology; liberal arts; second to (the) last; I am hearing you
527
Topics: Soccer in the United States; Famous Americans – Robert Frost; to suck versus to lick; to leave (someone) to his/her own devices; to cross someone and talking-to
528
Topics: Movies – The Usual Suspects; Tribal Colleges and Universities; effectiveness versus efficacy; to consider and to differentiate; common responses to “Thank you”
529
Topics: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys Book Series; Famous Americans – Martha Graham; enterprise versus entrepreneurship versus start- up
530
Topics: American Presidents – James Buchanan; The Board Game “Monopoly”; here/there you go; expendable versus expandable; the devil’s/Devil’s own
531
Topics: American Movies – Laurel and Hardy Films; The New York Public Library; to proofread versus to copyedit; no longer versus anymore; wild card
532
Topics: Famous Americans – Mary Baker Eddy; The Kennedy Space Center; what for? versus for what?; possibility versus opportunity; iron and iron law
533
Topics: American Presidents – John Tyler; The Hindenburg Disaster; result versus consequence versus outcome; ready versus willing; to keep (someone) in the loop
534
Topics: Famous Americans – James Whistler; American Songs – “Moon River”; bunglingly versus blunderingly; comparable versus compatible; uppercase, lowercase, and capital letter
535
Topics: American Movies – American Graffiti; American Presidents – Franklin Pierce; magazine versus journal; straw man argument and cognitive dissonance; several and actually
536
Topics: Ask an American – Corporate Data Security; consulting versus consultancy; to conduct versus to operate
537
Topics: American Authors – Walt Whitman; The Supremes; abbreviated versus concise versus succinct; to withdraw versus to retreat; to stretch
538
Topics: Famous Americans – Daniel Boone; Famous Songs – “Somewhere over the Rainbow”; to distract versus to foil versus to thwart; to reach versus to achieve; pronouncing hare, hear, here, hire, her, hair, heir
539
Topics: Famous Americans – Sally Ride; American Presidents – Millard Fillmore; rational versus rationale; killing it in the cost per wear category; to requite
540
Topics: American Movies – Planet of the Apes; American Presidents – Zachary Taylor; to improve versus to boost versus to enhance; to grow on (someone) and (one’s) bark is worse than (one’s) bite; script versus scripted by Dr. Lucy Tse
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541
Topics: Famous Americans – Mae West; Harvey Washington Wiley and The Poison Squad; real versus actual versus true; lunch versus a lunch; to put (one’s) shoulder to the wheel
542
Topics: Famous Americans – Benjamin Franklin; Lowriders; mentor versus role model versus hero; fake it ‘til you make it; dice roll
543
Topics: The Jason Bourne Films; American Presidents – Andrew Johnson; to shiver versus to tremble versus to quiver; at- risk student
544
Topics: The Boston Tea Party; American Authors – Edna St. Vincent Millay; biological parent versus birth parent versus real parent; existing versus existent; That’s going to do it for today
545
Topics: Famous Americans – Mel Blanc; American Presidents – William McKinley; to fill in versus to complete; telephone phrases used to tell someone you can’t talk now; so long
546
Topics: Paul Bunyan; American Songs – “You’re the Top”; big versus huge versus massive; at all and show off; to be beside (oneself)
547
Topics: Famous Americans – Thomas Paine; Classic TV – The Twilight Zone; responsibility versus accountability versus liability; to go haywire versus to go crazy; pronouncing whole, hole, role, and holy
548
Topics: American Authors – Edith Wharton; American Songs – “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”; to matriculate versus to enroll versus to register; to bid versus to tender; period versus dot
549
Topics: Musicals – Porgy and Bess; Tupperware; finish versus objective versus destination; to tumble short of (one’s) dreams, to form a habit, and to leave (something alone); to call it a day/night
550
Topics: Famous Americans – Casey Jones; Classic TV – Happy Days; to try out versus to examine versus to test; dude and buddy; courtesy of
551
Topics: Movies – Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Famous Americans – Luther George Simjian; to distract versus to detract; in a manner of speaking; thanks a bunch
552
Topics: American Presidents – Barack Obama; Famous Songs – “Anchors Aweigh”; diffidence versus timidity versus shyness; receipt versus reception; no problem versus not at all versus no big deal
553
Topics: Famous Americans – Lew Wallace; Classic TV – The Brady Bunch; to prevent versus to hinder versus to forbid; integral versus indispensable; to scare off game
554
Topics: The Manhattan Project; Famous Songs – “Give My Regards to Broadway”; to propose versus to suggest versus to offer; to disclose versus to uncover versus to divulge; to stick it to (someone)
555
Topics: American Authors – Louisa May Alcott; Classic TV – Gilligan’s Island; up-to-date versus updated; to work out the kinks and to deserve a pat on the back; to seize the moment
556
Topics: Apollo 11; Famous Americans – Soapy Smith; certainly versus definitely versus surely; to have a crush on (someone) versus to be in love with (someone); out on a limb
557
Topics: American Authors – Sylvia Plath; Famous Songs – “Hush, Little Baby”; consciousness versus awareness; distinct versus distinctive; classy dress
558
Topics: Classic TV/Movies – Star Trek; The Homestead Act; medicine versus medication versus drug; wild card and K9; to lay it on too thick
559
Topics: Frank Lloyd Wright; prohibited versus forbidden versus not allowed; beforehand versus in advance; spot-on; pronouncing passion and patient, worm and warn
560
Topics: Movies – The Jazz Singer; The Selective Service System; microaggressions, social justice warrior, and trigger warning; to insulate versus to isolate; pluralizing glass
561
Topics: The Comstock Lode and the Silver Rush; The Beverly Hillbillies, lesson versus lecture versus seminar; interesting versus interested; I rest my case
562
Topics: Famous Americans – Alexander Graham Bell; Famous Songs – “At Last”; pluralizing “fish,” all things considered; to talk tech
563
Topics: The Black Soxs Scandal; Classic TV – The Flintstones; census-designated place versus community versus unincorporated community; to mean well and to bend the rules; pit crew
564
Topics: American Authors – Mary Roberts Rinehart; Famous Songs – “I’ll be seeing you”; to dispense, wedgie, and on principle; to get on with (something), to get along with (someone), and in a nutshell; semi
565
Topics: Movies – Ben- Hur; Carlsbad Caverns National Park; duty versus responsibility; Creedence Clearwater Revival
566
Topics: Famous Americans – Linus Pauling; The Texaco Star Theater and Milton Berle; squalid versus sordid; on my own versus by myself; postseason competition
567
Topics: American Authors – Gertrude Stein; Famous Songs – “Puff the Magic Dragon”; sport versus workout versus exercise; to come across versus to stumble upon; debaucherous behavior
568
Topics: Famous Americans – Duke Kahanamoku; The Quiz Shows of the 1950s; terms used for family favorites; when versus what time; based on versus on the basis of
569
Topics: John Muir and The Sierra Club; The Ma and Pa Kettle Movies; every versus each; Christmas/New Year break at colleges and universities; jinx
570
Topics: Famous Americans – Shirley Temple Black; Famous Songs – “Taps”; paper versus report; internship versus externship; to march (someone) to front of the class
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571
Topics: Classic TV Shows – The Addams Family; The Hoover Dam; “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”; to blow (something) apart; pronouncing “man” and “men”
572
Topics: Famous Americans – Eli Whitney; The Ziegfeld Follies; ROFL, straight outta, and meme; shack versus shed; to take advantage of versus to seize
573
Topics: American Authors – Kurt Vonnegut; Famous Songs – “When You Wish Upon a Star”; to knock up versus to knock down versus to knock over versus to knock off; new versus brand new; give and take
574
Topics: Classic TV & Movies – Mission: Impossible; Famous Americans – Alfred Stieglitz; satisfactory versus satisfying; damaged goods and majorly unfair
575
Topics: The Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783 and the creation of the District of Columbia; The Hollywood Sign; next versus upcoming versus future; critical situation versus critical position; steaming
576
Topics: American Authors – James Baldwin; Famous Songs – “High Hopes”; homeless versus destitute; odd versus odds; “I'm not a has-been. I am a will-be.”
577
Topics: Famous Americans – Stephen F. Austin; Classic TV – M*A*S*H; disability versus handicap versus impairment; recourse versus resort; to fly in the face of (something)
578
Topics: Movies – The King and I; nation versus sovereign versus kingdom; to obstruct versus to hinder; fire and brimstone
579
Topics: American Authors – Philip K. Dick; on purpose versus deliberately versus intentionally; moderately versus sparingly; understatement of the century
580
Topics: Famous Americans – Marian Anderson; in a heartbeat versus in a second versus in a moment; old versus stale
581
Topics: The John Peter Zenger Trial; tone versus hue versus tint versus shade; wherewithal; pronouncing saw, sew, sow, and sue
582
Topics: Traditional Gospel Music and Thomas A. Dorsey; cliché versus stereotype; chicken versus hen; to nail it
583
Topics: Andersonville Prison; garbage versus litter versus trash versus rubbish; downtime; pronouncing eight, height, and weight
584
Topics: Famous Americans – Bob Hope; severe versus serious; bill versus check; pronouncing words with the silent “b”
585
Topics: American Authors – Truman Capote; to be understaffed versus to be stretched thin versus to be on the brink of; don’t mention it versus you’re welcome versus my pleasure; bees knees
586
Topics: Famous Americans – Malcolm X; to pack/packing versus to box/boxing versus to wrap/wrapping; rational versus reasonable; to insinuate
587
Topics: The Mayflower and the Mayflower Compact; to encompass versus to comprise; edge versus margin; do me right