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Monday, March 2, 2015
How is the word ‘schism’ pronounced?
(T Sharmila, Cuttack)
Some people pronounce the ‘sch’ like the ‘sk’ in ‘skit’, ‘skip’ and ‘skin’; others pronounce it like the ‘s’ in...
Monday, February 23, 2015
“You haven’t been jogging the past couple of days. Are you okay?“I'm doing fine. I had a pretty hectic week, so I decided to sleep in at the weekend.”“Sleep in? You mean sleep, don't...
Friday, February 20, 2015
Feb 21 is International Mother Language Day, techies talk about how they keep themselves connected to their mother tongue although English is the lingua franca of Technopark
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July 24, 2014
They mean the same thing, but you cannot use them the same way!
July 14, 2014
What is the difference between ‘pillow talk’ and ‘small talk’?
(R Madan, Bhopal)
‘Small talk’ or ‘idle talk’ refers to the polite conversation you have with someone whom y...
July 1, 2014
They may not be listed in the dictionary but these words are the expression of youth. Here’s more on sniglets »
June 17, 2014
Do you know the origin of the phrase "long in the tooth"? You should look inside a horse’s mouth for the source of this phrase. As they grow, horses develop more teeth and their existing teeth begin to change shape and project forward. The age of a horse is determined by its teeth. Here are a few more horse inspired idioms.
June 10, 2014
What is the meaning and origin of ‘Young Turks’?
(Said Khan, Guwahati)
The expression is frequently heard in the world of politics. When you refer to someone as a ‘Young/y...
May 19, 2014
What is the difference between ‘impetuous’ and ‘impulsive’?
First, let us deal with the pronunciation of ‘impetuous’. The first syllable is li...
May 7, 2014
Being an English-speaking country is a blessing — and a curse. It is a blessing to be native speakers of the language of Shakespeare — and the language of world science and popular culture. The su...
May 4, 2014
Dealing a blow to many visa aspirants especially students, British authorities have said global testing giant ETS will no longer offer TOEFL and TOEIC tests for U.K. visa-granting purposes, in the...
April 28, 2014
What is the meaning and origin of ‘whistle-stop tour’?
(KR Natarajan, Coimbatore) This American expression is mostly used in politics. During an election, a candidate doe...
April 14, 2014
What is the difference between ‘trip’ and ‘journey’?
(S Das, Chennai)
In both cases, you are going from one place to another. The word ‘journey’ suggests that you...
July 18, 2014
It is small, but confusing — the apostrophe.
July 7, 2014
What is the meaning and origin of ‘smoke and mirrors’?
(Jawaid Hasan, Patna)
This expression is frequently used in American English, particularly in the contexts of...
June 23, 2014
What is the meaning and origin of ‘queer the pitch’?
(K Nitya, Warangal)
The expression is mostly used in rather informal contexts. When you ‘queer someone’s pitch’, you r...
June 16, 2014
What is the difference between a ‘chef’ and a ‘cook’?
If you ask me, the only difference is that the chef wears a silly looking hat. Just kid...
June 9, 2014
Diamond Necklace, Iddukki Gold, 22 Female Kottayam: English has taken over Malayalam film titles »
May 12, 2014
What is the difference between ‘talent’ and ‘skill’?
(Kapila Vishnu, Chennai)
‘Talent’ is something that one is born with; it is your natural ability to do somethin...
May 5, 2014
What is the difference between ‘amateur’ and ‘novice’?
(J Shanthi, Chennai)
The word ‘novice’ is mostly used to refer to someone who is a beginner. For example, if you say...
April 29, 2014
An eagle-eyed Australian scientist has forced the Oxford English Dictionary to change its definition of how a siphon works, after he found an error in the entry which had gone unnoticed for 99 yea...
April 27, 2014
Anyone who is really interested in this line of work and have a reasonable command over the two languages concerned, can do it »
April 7, 2014
During the Sony Open in Miami, one of the commentators kept saying, ‘Djokovic seems dialled in’. What is the meaning of ‘dialled in’?
(J Uday, Mysore)
This rather informal...
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Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for their pioneering work on promoting child rights in the subcontinent, as they made an impassioned plea to globalise compassion.