TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Down Under Venues ready for 2015 Cricket World Cup: Seven New Zealand cities and seven Australian cities will combine their sports capacities to host cricket events which are expected to draw one billion television viewers. The games are scheduled to begin in February 2015. Tourism has been on the rise in New Zealand, with the completion of a the New Zealand Cycle Trail, designed for bicycle travelers.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
cross the line
Vanessa: I was at a new restaurant yesterday, and when I told the waiter that the pasta was cold, he called me a “bitch!”
Hideki: He completely crossed the line with that comment. He shouldn’t be working at that restaurant. His boss should fire him.
Explanation: When we say that someone has “crossed the line” it means that they have done something that is unacceptable, or broken the normal rules.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Mrs. Hart: This morning my daughter suddenly had trouble breathing. This happens a few times a year, but this time it really happened without warning.
Dr. Lopez: It seems that she’s having an asthma flare-up. We’ll give her an inhaler to open her lung passages, and if necessary we’ll administer further medication.
Explanation: We can use the phrase “flare-up” to describe an acute recurrence of a non-life threatening illness.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
Dear Mr. Young:
I have some good news. Your new marketing campaign has helped create strong demand for the new XQ7 bicycle. We’ve already sold 5 million units.
Explanation: When many people want to buy a product or service, we say there is “strong demand.”