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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... »
February 16, 2015

Know your English — February 17, 2015

What is the meaning and origin of ‘slush fund’? (R Kulkarni, Pune) This term frequently appears in the media whenever there is an election. It refers to the money that pol... »
February 2, 2015

Know your English — February 3, 2015

How is the word ‘elan’ pronounced? (T. Vasanthi, Chidambaram) One simple way of pronouncing this word of French origin is to pronounce the ‘e’ like the ‘ay’ in ‘pay’, ‘bay... »
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... »
February 23, 2015

Know your English — February 24, 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... »
February 9, 2015

Know your English — February 9, 2015

“I’m so sorry about yesterday. I couldn't come with you because my uncle's train was late by nearly five hours. I had to wait and ...”“Don’t worry about it. You look tired. Why don't you ta... »

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