greenman Forgiven for

A common construction in English is subject+could/would/may be forgiven for+verb (thinking, wondering, believing), meaning that it is understandable if what you are doing is mistaken or misguided.


You could be forgiven for thinking that Trump is the only thing going on in the world — Cabría pensar que Trump es lo único que existe en este mundo

Hear the words "meat substitute" and you would be forgiven for imagining chickpea patties — Al oir las palabras "sustituto de la carne", sería comprensible que te vinieran a la mente hamburguesas de garbanzos

You may be forgiven for starting to wonder if I'm mad — Entendería que empezaras a preguntarte si estoy loco

greenman-friendly suffux

As a suffix, friendly means "not harmful" or "suitable for".


This is a dog-friendly bar — En este bar se admiten perros

Butchers are creating vegan-friendly chops — Los carniceros están creando chuletas aptas para veganos

This phone isn't user-friendly — Este teléfono no es fácil de usar


In The Press

This startup is using jellyfish to make eco-friendly tampons, diapers and pads The Guardian-Nov 1, 2016

Once you dig beneath the surface, however, it quickly becomes clear that dividends represent the more owner-friendly choice for how to reward  Business Insider-Mar 6, 2017

seizing property by eminent domain to “Pilgrimize” the shoreline, and creating a visitor-friendly and automobile-friendly open waterfront. The Boston Globe-Feb 24, 2017


In DualTexts Articles

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greenmanCome into its own

When something comes into its own, it becomes especially useful or successful in a specific environment, situation or time.



In this city bicycles really come into their own — En esta ciudad las bicis se hacen imprescindibles 

He's a quiet guy, but in public speaking he comes into his own — Es un tío tranquilo, pero cuando hay que hablar en público se luce

In summer my swimming pool comes into its own — En verano es cuando mi piscina realmente cobra sentido


In the press

At age 16, Lee was playing in such bands as Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds, but he came into his own when he was 18. Daily Record-Jan 11, 2017

Manchester by the Sea Casey Affleck at last comes into his own as the heartbreaking damaged soul at the center of Kenneth Lonergan's quiet ...The Boston Globe-Dec 29, 2016


Point is one of those words that has loads of meanings. Let's have a look at a few of the commonest:



Let's get to the gaddam point- Vayamos al puto grano

What's your frickin point?- ¿Qué coño quieres decir? o ¿Dónde coño quieres llegar con esto?

There's no point moaning about it- No sirve de nada quejarse de ello

The whole point of drinking alcohol is to get pissed-  El único objetivo de beber alcohol es emborracharse

We have reached the point of no return- Hemos llegado a un punto de no retorno

He made a point of pissing me off- Puso empeño en tocarme los huevos


Piss is a versatile word used in colloquial speech. It can be a verb or a noun.


He took the piss out of me - Se cachondeó de mí/me tomó el pelo

You are starting to piss me off - Estás empezando a tocarme los cojones

Piss off, you cunt! - ¡Lárgate, puto gilipollas!

We were out on the piss until late - Estuvimos de juerga hasta las tantas

The exam was a piece of piss- El examen estuvo chupado

It's pissing down- Están cayendo chuzos de punta



greenmanYet another/again/more

 Yet is one of those tricky words that has several meanings. Here we look at yet as an adverb, meaning todavía más. It can indicate that we dislike or find this surprising.



Yet another shooting has sparked debate- Otro tirteo más ha provocado un debate

He has cancelled the meeting yet again- Ha cancelado la reunión otra vez más

The immigration crisis raises yet more questions about the future of Europe- La crisis de inmigración plantea aún más preguntas sobre el futuro de Europa