May 17, 2015

Know your English — 17-5-15

“I ran into your new colleague at the bank. She said she loves her new job.” “That’s not surprising at all! Shalini’s been with us only for a couple of days. So, right now, I’m sure every... »
May 3, 2015

Know your English — April 19, 2015

“What happened to your car? Where did you get the big dent?” “It happened last night. I slowed down near an intersection, and an auto-rickshaw driver who had been sitting on my tail, hit... »
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... »
May 9, 2015

Know your English - May 10, 2015

How is the word ‘pirouette’ pronounced? (C Dhanalaxmi, Madurai) There are several ways of pronouncing the word. One way is to pronounce the ‘i’ in the first syllable like... »
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... »

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