TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Nepal airport struggles to handle rescue planes Rescue workers struggled with the high altitude of the Himalayan Mountains and limited runway space to reach Nepal through the Kathmandu airport. The mountaintop country has one major airport, with only one short runway. More than 6,000 people died in the 7.8 Richter earthquake. With the water supply damaged, waterborne diseases are now a major concern.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
You nailed it!
Abby: How did you like my dance routine at the music competition?
Ted: I saw your performance from the front row. You had so much energy! You nailed it!
Explanation: When we say “You nailed it!” we mean that the person did a really good job, and had strong results. It is like taking a hammer and pounding a nail into the wall very quickly.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Patient: I used to run in marathon races, but lately my knees really hurt. Can you figure out why?
Doctor: Your X-rays showed some deterioration of the cartilage in your knees. You need to undergo physical therapy, and reduce your marathon running.
Explanation: The word “deterioration” means that something is slowly falling apart, or becoming weaker. It usually means a gradual process that happens over many months or years. The verb form is “deteriorate.”
THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS/EMAIL PHRASE
Dear Mr. Adams:
The lawyers of a Silicon Valley company are saying that our smartwatch design is an infringement of the copyright of their previous design. We need to get our legal team together as soon as possible.
Explanation: To sue someone for “infringement of copyright” means to accuse them in court of copying your design. Many technology companies and music companies sue their competitors for copyright infringement.