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.
Leaf (plural Leaves): Often seen on plants and trees. Also: a page or paper.
To leaf (through a book): to quickly turn pages.
Don’t confuse with to leave (to exit).
Leaves in the news
Leafing through the newspaper can be so depressing*. Let’s look out the window instead: Autumn leaves are falling!
*Catalonia may leave Spain, the US has left UNESCO, Harvey Weinstein should leave the planet.
Leafs to know
Maple Leaf: Symbol of Canada. Polite. Apologetic. America’s hat.
4-leaf clover: Brings good luck. Alternate currency of Ireland.
Fig Leaf: The original underwear. As worn by Adam and Eve (post apple fiasco).
To shake like a leaf: To be very scared. Why are you shaking? Only 3 more years of Trump.
To take a leaf out of someone’s book: To follow someone’s example. Catalonia’s taking a leaf out of the best-selling Secessionist Handbook.
To turn over a new leaf: To make a fresh start. Why not open a new browser window instead?