Failure to reach an agreement by 31 December would result in a no-deal Brexit. Prices could go up for the goods the UK buys and sells from and to the EU. That’s because the UK and EU would trade on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms – the basic rules for countries without trade deals.
A state that historically tends to vote for the winning candidate, perhaps because it is, demographically, a microcosm of the country as a whole. A good example is Ohio, which has not backed a losing presidential candidate since 1960.
The term derives from the name for a sheep which shepherds would fit with a bell. By listening out for this sheep, the bellwether, shepherds were able to locate the position of the entire flock.
An alumnus (masculine, plural alumni) or alumna (feminine, plural alumnae) is a former student or pupil of a school, college, or university. Commonly, but not always, the word refers to a graduate of the educational institution in question. To find out what matriculation means click here.
Quartz worktops are made of pieces of natural stone bonded together with a small amount of adhesive. The stone used is quartz, one of nature’s toughest materials, and a very versatile one. Quartz worktops are 90-99% quartz. The exact ratio depends on the manufacturer and type of quartz worktop.
An Escrow is a financial agreement between two people or organizations in which money or property is kept by a third person or organization until a particular condition is met. It helps make transactions more secure by keeping the payment in a secure escrow account which is only released when all of the terms of an agreement are met as overseen by the escrow company.
I’ve been glued to this year’s US election, particularly because I have been working from home and able to have the news on in the background constantly. It made me think of this new segment I would like to tag as ‘GLOSSARY.’ In this segment, I will be posting definitions of words that come up a lot in the media and we need quick referencing to remind us what they are talking about! Lol, well, especially if you are from a different country. So here’s to my 1st posting, and we have Swing States.
Swing states: States in which the electorate is relatively evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, making them targets for aggressive campaigning by both sides.