HOLY: The Word of the Month December 2017

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.


Holy (adj): Sacred, divine, blessed.

Holiday: a holy or festive day; a day off, vacation (also sacred).

Holy Expressions

(Real) exclamations of surprise:

• Holy Cow! Literally true in India.

• Holy Mackerel! Delicious, healthy and full of mercury.

  • Holy Sh*t! The sacred meets the profane.

Holy in the news

It’s a holy time as the holidays arrive. Celebrate with family, friends, and spending, just as god intended.

In the Holy Land, Jerusalem was controversially recognized as Israel’s capital. Will that put another hole in the peace process?

Legendary French singer Johnny passed away. Many want to declare his death a national Hallyday.

Holy things

Trinity: Holy group of 3. Ex: Father, Son & Holy Spirit; Musketeers; Bee Gees, etc.

Grail. Cup that grants eternal life. Hard to find. Maybe Amazon?

Water. H2O. Can be turned into wine by the right person. That’s holy.

Days: Happy Holidays to all! Use this time wisely before we start this whole thing again.

Take a look through our Word of the Month archives, or improve your English with gymglish.com.

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