Category Archives: Word Power

Expanding your range of expression is often associated with obscure words often used in literary contexts. These words (e.g. supercilious, serendipity, etc) might be good to know, but as they are low frequency and low fertility, they will definitely not improve your fluency. Focus instead on high-frequency words used across a range of contexts (have, get, do, etc).

Feature Creep

Feature creep, creeping featurism or featureitis is the ongoing expansion or addition of new features in a product, such as in computer software. Extra features go beyond the basic function of the product and so can result in over-complication rather… read more


Word of the Day: RATHER ◆◆◆◆◇ > (ADV) used to mean ‘fairly’ or ‘to some degree’, often when you are expressing slight criticism, disappointment or surprise The instructions were rather complicated; She fell and hurt her leg rather badly; I read more


Word of the Day: FACE (verb) ◆◆◆◆◆ Many body parts double as verbs and nouns (He eyed me carefully) and the word ‘face’ is no different. Essentially, it has a similar meaning to ‘confront’ or ‘tackle’, and is thus… read more


The word ‘sound’ is common and yet, at first sight, seems simplistic. In professional contexts, however, it might show up as “a fiscally sound plan” or “a sound understanding of”, uses many people are not familiar with. So, in addition… read more


Kickback A kickback is an official’s share of misappropriated funds allocated from his or her organization to an organization involved in corrupt bidding.Acme Manager Indicted In Million-Dollar Kickback Scheme (Source: wikipedia,… read more

Collateralized Loan Obligation – CLO

Collateralized Loan Obligation – CLO A special purpose vehicle (SPV) with securitization payments in the form of different tranches. Financial institutions back this security with receivables from loans. Collateralized loan obligations are the same as collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) except… read more

Under the Influence

All languages are heavily influenced by alcohol. Here are a few of the more common alcoholic expressions in English: In many cultures it was the accepted  practice that for a month after a wedding, the bride’s father would supply his… read more


PIIGS is an acronym used by international bond analysts, academics, and by the international economic press that refer to the economies of Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain, especially in regards to matters relating to sovereign debt markets. The euro… read more

Dark Pools

Dark pools are exchanges where people trade stocks anonymously.The bulk of dark pool liquidity is represented by block trades facilitated away from the central exchanges. The dark pool gets its name because details of these trades are concealed from the… read more


A Repurchase Agreement (aka repo) allows a borrower to use a financial security as collateral for a cash loan at a fixed rate of interest. The borrower agrees to sell immediately a security to a lender and also agrees to… read more


redemption The $2 trillion hedge fund industry is bracing for a wave of investor redemptions after recent losses. (finance) the act of investors requesting payments owed to them by fund managers, usually after a certain lock-in or lock-up period, and… read more

Rev Up

rev up Coda’s All-Electric Sedan Revs Up U.S. Auto Market (from Fast, 02 Nov 2009). To increase the speed of an engine, especially that of a car; here, to cause a shock to the car market.… read more

Green Shoots

green shoots After positive signs of economic recovery in several important countries, green shoots have been popping up in these markets (CNN, 24 August). (green shoots, from botany: the new growth of plants and trees in spring)… read more


 “Possibility”, in English, is far more restricted in use than its German counterpart, “Möglichkeit”. Grammatically, “possibility to” does not exist; instead, it colligates with “of” and “that”:    There’s only a slight possibility of something going wrong with that experiment.    Officials read more