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 loom: to take shape, to appear on the horizon; to be imminent.
Ex:Storm clouds loom on the horizon. Let’s move this orgy indoors.
(A) looming (deadline): An upcoming (deadline)
Looming in the news
The looming threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine became a sad reality this month.
While jets and missiles still loom on the Ukrainian skyline, solidarity mixes with complaints of a looming gas price increase.
Rhymes with “Loom”
Zoom: Good for pre-war planning sesh with oligarchs working from home.
Boom: A sudden increase of something (tech boom, baby boom); or the sound that a bomb makes. Let’s focus on the babies.
Bloom: A flowering plant. Stick them into a gun as a poetic protest. Less effective than anti-tank rockets.
Monday: The worst. Often comes after Sunday.
Tax day: Relax, this pays for essentials like debt and missiles.
WWIII: Sorry, no jokes looming.
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