#EngVocab: London Skyscrapers

Did you know that City of London has unusual names for their buildings?

@SallyCK0909: idk poor me ” Don’t worry this is what the short #EngVocab will be :)

  1. This one is called the cheesegrater


  1. This one is called the Gherkin


  1. This is known as the walkie talkie


So London has a somewhat particular uniqueness in calling their skyscrapers

Unlike in New York where you would know its skyscrapers by its official name, e.g. Empire State Building

Londoners tend to call their skyscrapers, or even promote it, as everyday objects

The Cheesegrater, The Gherkin and The Walkie Talkie – do they resemble the named objects?

Can you see them in this magazine article’s photo?


Or on this photo?


So here is The Leadenhall building and a real cheesegrater – look a like, right?



This is the 30 St Mary Axe Building and a real gherkin, do you think they are the same?


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This is 20 Fenchurch Street Building and a real walkie talkie – is it a huge walkie talkie?




Apparently they are called so as Londoners want their skyscrapers as part of the city – more of a sculpture rather than a building

But on the other side, it might just be kind of a “bragging”

Either way, they are interesting #EngVocab to be used on these skyscrapers, quite funny as well – what do you think, fellas?

@agriahFhaii: Wht’s walkie talkie? ” It’s a portable two way communication device

Walkie-Talkie (1)

That’s it for today’s #EngVocab, I hope you had fun learning it :)


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on March 28 and April 4, 2015


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