TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Subway train operators in New York City are studying the possibility of installing guard walls and doors on the train platforms. The goal is to prevent children, suicide attempters, and drunk people from falling onto the train tracks. Some new subway stations in Japan already use walls and doors that only open when the train has fully stopped in the station.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
Megan: How is your new hiking club working out?
Christine: We’ve had some issues to deal with. The leader quit and some of the members moved to another city, so the group is becoming unglued.
Explanation: When something is “unglued” it means that it is falling apart, or that people are not getting along so well. It can also mean that a person is confused or unhappy.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Doctor Rasheed: We have a patient with strong chest pains who wants to leave the hospital. Should we let him go home?
Doctor Thomas: Try to keep him in the hospital for one more day so we can keep him under observation. It seems he is at seriously risk for a heart attack.
Explanation: When medical professionals are not sure whether a patient is stable, they may ask the patient to stay longer. In this case they say they want to “keep the patient under observation.”
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
the market is flooded
This year is going to be rough for our company. People don’t have so much money to spend, and the market for our products is flooded.
Explanation: When we say that a market is flooded, it means there are too many companies selling similar things, and not so many people want to buy the product any more. It is like having too much water in a river.