Monday, May 14, 2012

in the wake of

Talk about a colorful expression! 

JPMorgan Chase's chief investment officer, Ina Drew, retires in wake of $2 billion trading loss.


To understand the expression "in the wake of" or "in wake of", you need to understand the meaning of the noun,
wake.  Here is a photo of a wake, viewed from in front of the wake:

and another image of a wake, viewed from above the wake:

So when there is a $2 billion trading loss, the loss causes many other events to occur. 

Here are a few more from the new: What is the cataclysmic event in each case, and what are the results of that event?


Best Buy founder Schulze to step down as chairman in wake of CEO scandal



There are always cataclysmic events occuring. Try to find a few more in the news; it shouldn't take you long!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Shake Up

Here is an article about doing something that you don't want to do:

There's No Need to Pad Your Resume


Padding your resume means to add qualifications and data to it that are not true, that are false.  Padding your resume is wrong, and it's a very bad idea. And padding your resume may lead to this:


Will Yahoo Fire CEO, Shake Up Board??


This word "shake up" has a verb form, (to) shake up, and is a noun, sometimes written as one word "a shakeup" and sometimes written as a hyphenated word, "a shake-up".

Here we see it used with some other events from the news; those of you interested in science will be interested in this one:

Senate Panel Would Shake Up Satellite Program


What changes would be made in the satellite program, and why?

If you'd like to see and listen to some videos and are interested in politics, check out this feature:

Inside Shakeup at the White House.

Who's moving around, and why is this a big story?

As the presidential elections roll on, you'll be seeing lots of news about political shakeups, corporate shakeups, and probably even shakeups in sports teams, such as this one:

Kevin Youkilis Injury Pushes Red Sox to Shake Up Roster


We here in Boston are wishing Kevin Youkilis a speedy recovery!