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 bush: a small tree or plant.
The “bush”: remote, rural areas in Australia and New Zealand.
Bush: A small dynasty of war-obsessed US presidents.
Also: A slang term for pubic hair.
Bushes in the news
This month, the Australian bush is in flames. Not since biblical times have bushes burnt so meaningfully.
Meanwhile, in a throwback to the Bush eras, the US fired missiles into Iraq. Ah nostalgia.
Bright eyed and bushy tailed: Enthusiastic. Expression based on squirrel behavior. We have questions too.
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush: Better to keep what you have than to risk it for more. How much is a bird on fire worth?
Who’s to blame?
According to skeptics, the fires are due to arson.
According to scientists, they are due to climate change.
According to koalas, this sh@t is crazy. Send help.