Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Tuesday in the trenches*: Randomsome.

Creating content is time consuming, I’m sure you’ll agree. That’s why I created the new ‘in the *trenches (Graben – today has also come to mean ‘in the day to day work’) concept. Instead of having to come up with a new idea for every post, I literally document what I do in my trainings.

This hopefully gives you an insight into my work as well as providing you with the odd titbit (there’s that word again) here and there.

Once a week I hold a discussion group, which meet to talk about the topics of the day. I find the content to kick off discussion and let the participants (Teilnehemr) run with it.

Last week we watched the newspapers section of Sky News early morning programme and I prepared the session by finding 10 items of vocab to play ‘taboo’ with. Here are the 10 items.

1.ties, 2. threshold, 3. lenient, 4. flaw, 5. to impeach, 6. incumbent, 7 accomplice, 8. to avert, 9.(tax) loophole, 10. backlash

Do you know them? How would you describe the words without using the word itself (my rules in taboo). See below my attempts (Versuche).

1.’ties’ is another word for relations, especially between countries/organisations etc.

2.‘(tax) threshold’ is the level/amount at which something starts to happen or have an effect. (after this amount you start to pay tax)

3.‘lenient’ is to punish somebody not as strictly as you would expect. ‘the fine was very leninent’

4.‘flaw’ is a mistake in something that means it isn’t correct or doesn’t work correctly, a synonym of defect or fault.

5. ’to impeach’ is when a court or official body (especially in US) charges an important figure with (beschuldigen) a serious crime

6. ‘incumbent’ is a person who has an official position. ‘The present incumbent of 10 Downing street’

7. ‘accomplice’ is somebody who help somebody else to commit a crime

8. ‘to avert’ means to prevent something bad or dangerous from happening

9. ‘(tax) loophole’ is a mistake in a law, contract, which enables people to legally avoid doing something the law etc had intended.

10.’Backlash’ is a strong negative reaction by a large number of people.

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