Last updated at 15:31 BST, Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Psychic fish

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First there was Paul the Octopus predicting World Cup results two years ago...


Now a psychic fish in Singapore is being used to forecast the scores of matches at Euro 2012.


The dragonfish, known as Big Huat, was spot on with one-all for the football tournament's opener between Poland and Greece.


Its younger nephew, though, was wide of the mark suggesting the Poles would win.

predicting

saying something will happen in the future

psychic

having the ability to predict the future

forecast

statement of what will happen in the future

spot on

exactly right

wide of the mark

wrong

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.


Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.


predicting / psychic / forecast / spot on / wide of the mark

1. Former President Franklin D Roosevelt may have been __________ when he declared: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." But markets driven by fear are never pretty.

2. The Met Office has __________ heavy rain for the East, South West and South East of England including London.

3. Emma is an intelligence officer who works at MI5's headquarters with people like Shami who are out on the ground. Like Shami, her preconception of MI5 was __________.

4. A prominent scientist thinks that pets have a __________ ability that gives them a telepathic relationship with their owners.

5. Some are __________ that the outcome will affect the outcome of November's presidential election.

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How did you do?

1

spot on

2

forecast

3

wide of the mark

4

psychic

5

predicting