WOTW: habit

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - habit


今週の #WOTW は ‘habit’ です. ‘Habit’ is a noun with one meaning. It is a very useful word for talking about things we do regularly. Have a look:


The main meaning of ‘habit’ is something that you do regularly that is hard to stop doing. We often talk about good habits and bad habits.


- Over Christmas time it is easy to move away from regular eating habits and eat too much.

- I know it’s a bad habit to eat ice-cream in the mornings, but I love yukimidaifuku.

- She has a bad habit of saying yes to everything.

- Many couples end up staying together out of habit more than anything else.

- Once you get into the habit, it’s easy to exercise regularly.

- Changing your bad habits and creating new better ones is hard to do.

- He now has good eating habits and rarely eats sugar.


A related informal meaning of ‘habit’ is an addictive practice like taking drugs.


- He couldn’t kick his habit and so had to go to rehab.

- Many drug users commit crimes to support their drug habit.


In psychology the word habit has a slightly different meaning. Here it means automatic reactions and responses to specific situations.


- Human health depends a lot on lifestyle habits and environmental conditions.

- Many negative thoughts are the result of mental habits.

- They think the aim of education is to make useful habits automatic.

- Psychotherapy can help people learn new behaviours and habits to manage stress.


As an interesting aside, a habit is also the name for the specific a long, loose piece of clothing nuns or monks wear.


発音は/ˈhabɪt/ です。


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