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The Greatest English Words and Phrases of 2016

Phrases are part and parcel of language. In every culture, you will find some wise sayings or phrases that you tend to use while conversing with other people. You can either call them proverbs or you can also call them phrases. But if you are not knowledgeable about the phrases and the proverbs and their meanings then you will be the odd man out during a conversation.

Learning phrases and proverbs will help you to understand the mindset of the English speaking people about the individuals, the cultures and the community. Phrases can also give you the option of good sentence making opportunities, and you can memorise some of the phrases and use them for building your sentences.

2016 has brought about a lot of change within the speaking technique of the English language speakers. Now you will see that it is common to use phrases like “Out of the blue”, “Once in a blue moon” ‘Speak of the devil’ and ‘a piece of cake’ in our daily conversation with other people.

You might be familiar with the big fat book called Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Surely you have learnt loads of new words and new phrases from OED. However, with the change in time, you will see that the breadth of the OED book is increasing. The reason being that many new words and phrases are being added to the OED so here you will find the list of some of the most popular phrases of 2016 that has become a trend in the conversations of the English speaking individuals:

Speak of the devil”: You may have often used this phrase when you see a person arrive in between a conversation with whom you were discussing or thinking. Thus this is an interesting phrase that suggests that when a person you are talking to turns up at the moment.

Break a leg”: This is a familiar phrase to you if you are a stage actor. This is a sign of good luck for the actors who are about to perform on the stage.

To hit the nail on the head”: This phrase is used to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.

To add insult to the injury’: Are you facing a worse situation? And is there any instance when your situation is getting worst? Then this is the best phrase that can describe your situation in just a single sentence.

To let the cat out of the bag’: Planning for the big surprise? And someone leaked it out to your near ones? Then positively they have let the cat out of the bag. This is an interesting and catchy phrase which has become very popular in 2016, especially among the female teenagers and mid age female segment of English speakers. Only when your secret is revealed, you can use the phrase to describe your situation.

Once in a blue moon’: This phrase denotes an event that happens infrequently. So for denoting the infrequent visits of an old friend you can casually say the phrase.

See eye to eye’: This means agreeing with someone. So next time when you are in same agreement with your friend, you can see eye to eye with that person.

Out of the Blue’: This phrase denotes the meaning of being surprised. This is one of the most commonly used phrases of 2016. Majorly people of all types of cultures who are well versed in English are familiar with this phrase and you will often hear people saying out of the blue to denote the sudden actions of a surprise that they have faced.

You can’t judge the book by its cover’: This phrase indicates that an individual should not be judged solely on the appearance and the external features. This is a rightly said phrase because many times it has been seen that depending on the external features the decision of character analysis of an individual made which should not at all be acceptable.

So now you are well acquainted with the new phrases that are a trend in 2016. You can now use them while making conversation in English and you with the utilisation of the phrases you can now make your language different from others.