Words & Phrases
someone who is questioned as a witness because s/he heard something, even though s/he didn’t see anything
Did you hear about Jacqueline? Well, she’s an ear witness for a shooting.
when you hear more than you need to hear about something
Professor Ludlow went on and on about how to complete the project. What an earful of information!
listen in on someone’s conversation without him/her knowing
My mom is always trying to eavesdrop
when I’m talking to my boyfriend.
predicting what an answer on a test might be based primarily on your own ideas
Sometimes students make educated guesses when they don’t know some of the answers on a test.
The baseball fans were enthusiastic after their team won the championship.
when you all of a sudden clearly understand something
After seeing how people around the world celebrate the beginning of each new year, I had an epiphany. I began to think that we are all so much more alike than I ever realized.
a way of designing things, especially technology and furniture, with the structure of the body in mind
I love my new ergonomic chair at work, Even though it doesn’t look all that comfortable, it really is, and I know it will help support my back.
staying in the middle, rather than overreacting to something or not reacting at all
Nothing ever seems to get him excited. He’s always even-keeled.
calling attention to the first thing you are showing someone (or some people)
Take a look at Exhibit A and tell me what you think. Then compare it to Exhibit B.
someone who was present and saw what happened
Fortunately, there was an eye witness at the scene of the accident, so it was obvious who was at fault.