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April 26, 2015

Know your English — What is the difference between ‘sneer’ and ‘jeer’?

What is the difference between ‘sneer’ and ‘jeer’? (V.S. Niranjana, Chennai)When you ‘sneer’ or ‘jeer’ at an individual, you are being very rude to him. A ‘sneer’ is the contemptuous... »
April 11, 2015

Know your English - April 12, 2015

What is the meaning of ‘swashbuckler’? (SA Faizal, Kottayam) This is an example of how the meaning of a word has changed over the years. Nowadays, when we think of... »
March 28, 2015

Know your English - March 29, 2015

What is the difference between a ‘gossip’ and a ‘chatterbox’? (J Vikram, Hyderabad) Both words can be used to refer to someone who likes to talk. Of the two, ‘gossip’ has a negat... »
March 16, 2015

Know your English — What is the meaning of ‘wet one’s whistle’?

What is the meaning of ‘wet one’s whistle’? (Anup Giram, Barshi) This is a relatively old idiom that has been a part of the English language for well over 600 years. The expressi... »
March 2, 2015

Know Your English — March 03, 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... »
April 19, 2015

Know your English - April 19, 2015

“There’s too much of shouting and screaming on the news channels these days. The only thing that people do is to wash their dirty linens in public.”“Some channels just manufacture news! By t... »
April 4, 2015

Know your English - April 5, 2015

“What are you doing here? Isn’t that important meeting with your boss today?”“It was! But the cunning man wrong-footed us by having the meeting yesterday.”“Wrong-footed? Is it okay to... »
March 21, 2015

Know your English - March 22, 2015

“Wow! Nice T-shirt! Did you buy it when you went shopping yesterday?” “That’s right! I bought several yesterday.” “You bought several T-shirts? Really? I thought you hated going... »
March 9, 2015

Know your English — What is 'pretty well over' and 'headachy cold'?

“Did you see the match? Wasn’t it really exciting?”“I didn't find it exciting, I’m afraid. The match was pretty well over by the time I switched the TV on. I had a ...”“Pretty well ov... »

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