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.
To trade: to exchange (an item); to do business (with a country).
Trade: commerce; a profession or sector.
Ex: Drug trade? No, I work in the hug trade.
A (fair) trade: an equitable exchange.
Trades in the news
This month, the World Trade Organization appointed Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General, the first African to lead the organization.
Her new job is to save world trade, and she wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Things you can trade
Stocks: Buy or sell shares. We hear the mask market is hot right now.
Favors: You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. Popular among chimpanzees.
Insults: They call you a “@#*$%!”. You call them a “$£%#!”. Congratulations, you may now kiss the bride.
Trade War: “Tariffs! China! Walls!” (recent US trade policy).
A trade-off: A compromise. A minor trade-off to confinement is the total lack of freedom.
Trading Places: Would you trade places with Dr. Okonjo-Iweala? All you have to do is save global commerce during a pandemic. You do get a company car.