Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.
Shadow : A dark shape that occurs when an object blocks the sun.
To shadow (verb): to follow or observe closely.
Ex: Trump shadows his every move on TV.
Shadow cabinet: The leaders of the opposition party in British parliament, or just a really dark closet.
Shadow government: (Conspiracy theory) A group of rich oligarchs that run the world rather than elected officials. Please God let this be true…
Shadows in the news
On August 21st a total solar eclipse cast a shadow of the moon across the entire US, leaving millions in darkness. (See below for real darkness.)
In Charlottesville, white supremacists came out of the shadows killing an anti-fascist supporter. A shadow of things to come five days later in Barcelona (extremists, vehicle, death). Then a North Korean missile cast a fast moving shadow over Japan.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is the scariest month… since last month.
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