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.
A spy: a secret agent tasked with obtaining intelligence or information.
To spy: to observe secretly.
To spy (land): To see or recognize (land from far away).
Don’t confuse Spy with:
Spider: 8 legs, 8 eyes. Spins webs. Would make a good spy.
Spine: Backbone or vertebrae. Some politicians lack it.
Spice: Pepper, paprika, Girls, etc. He who controls the spice, controls the universe.
Spying in the News
This month, the cold war reheated in England as an ex-Russian spy was poisoned, likely by a current Russian spy.
Meanwhile, former spy chief Vladimir Putin earned a 4th term as Russian president. What a fresh face!
Lastly, Facebook stands accused of spying on its clients, divulging user data.
Who’s spying on you?
Your phone: Why does this Sudoku app need our location?
Your browser: Remember when cookies were innocent and delicious?
Your microwave: Just to personalize your popcorn profile.
Your social media: We suggest deleting your Facebook profile, after sharing this of course.