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Monday the 17th of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2013 (SELFIE)

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the last week of Daily Vitamin posts for 2018. This week, we will be looking at the Word of the Year for the past five years.

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries announces the Word of the Year. This is a word or expression that (according to Oxford Dictionaries) "has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months." The word reflects the events or the emotions of the year. 

We thought it would be fun to look at previous winners. We are starting with 2013's Word of the Year: SELFIE.

Definition: A picture of oneself.

Example 1: Let's take a selfie.

Example 2: His profile picture is a selfie of him and his dog. 

The word SELFIE was used well before 2013 (Oxford Dictionary notes its use online as far back as 2002). And of course, people have been taking selfies since we have had cameras. But it wasn't until the years leading up to 2013 that it became a mainstream word, so Oxford Dictionary decided to make this the 2013 Word of the Year.

You can read more about it here:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2013

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Friday the 14th of December, 2018
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BAD CHRISTMAS JOKES (5)

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Happy Friday everyone! Welcome back to our week of Christmas Jokes. We are finishing up the week with one last joke to, hopefully, make you laugh (or at least smile).

Question: Why did the Christmas tree go to the barber?
Answer: Because it needed to get trimmed. 

Do you understand it? Why is this funny? 

When we decorate the Christmas tree, we can use the expression TO TRIM THE TREE to describe this activity. We also use TRIM to describe getting your hair cut a little bit to make it look tidier or more level.

That's all for our week of holiday fun. Join us next week for the last week of Daily Vitamins of 2018! We will look at the Words of the Year from 2013 to 2017.

Have a great weekend!



Thursday the 13th of December, 2018
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BAD CHRISTMAS JOKES (4)

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Are you enjoying our silly week of Christmas jokes? We have another one to make you laugh today...well, we hope it makes you laugh.

Joke: Christmas is a time that everyone gets Santamental.

Why is this funny?

This sentence should use the word "sentimental." Sentimental is an adjective we use to describe people who are strongly influenced by emotional feelings (happiness, sadness, nostalgia, etc.). Instead, the joke uses the word "Santamental," which makes a joke about having feelings related to Santa during the holidays. 

Are you laughing? Or maybe you are shaking your head at this bad joke?

Join us tomorrow for one more holiday joke!

Thank you for reading.



Wednesday the 12th of December, 2018
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BAD CHRISTMAS JOKES (3)

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Welcome back, Daily Vitamin readers!

It's our third day of Christmas Jokes. Are you ready to laugh? Here is your joke of the day.

Question: Why was Santa's helper depressed?
Answer: Because he had low elf-esteem. 

Do you get it? Did it make you laugh (or at least smile)?

Santa's helpers are called elves (the singular form is elf). This joke plays with the expression "self-esteem" and uses “elf-esteem” instead. 

We hope you enjoyed today's joke!

Join us tomorrow for another one. Take care!



Tuesday the 11th of December, 2018
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BAD CHRISTMAS JOKES (2)

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Hello and welcome back, everyone!

It's day two of our Holiday / Christmas Jokes theme. We think we have the perfect joke for our grammar-loving Daily Vitamin readers.

Here is today's joke.

Question: What do you call Santa's helpers?
Answer: Subordinate Clauses. 

Do you get it?

In English grammar, a subordinate clause is a clause, typically introduced by a conjunction, that forms part of and is dependent on a main clause. Here is an example. 

Example 1: She answered the phone when it rang. 

“When it rang” is the subordinate clause ("when" is the subordinate conjunction). 

So, what's the joke? In English, the word "subordinate" also means "lower in importance or rank." It is used to describe people who work for another person. Therefore,
Santa's helpers are subordinates of Santa Claus. They are subordinate clauses

We hope you're laughing (or at least smiling) at this grammar joke. Join us tomorrow for another one!

Thank you for reading.