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January 26, 2015

Know your English — January 27, 2015

“So, what has your Principal decided to do? Is he planning to ...”“I have no idea. All I know is, he has received a great deal of suggestions, and he ...”“You mean ‘many suggestions’,... »
January 12, 2015

Know your English — January 13, 2015

“Is it true you’re planning to buy Mr. Sharma’s old car?” “Wow, news travels fast. It’s true that I went to see the car, but I haven’t decided yet.” “My father thinks you shouldn... »
December 29, 2014

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“So, are you excited about tomorrow's party? I know that Rahul is really looking forward to it. He is thinking of....” “That's because Rahul is a party animal. He loves to....” “... »
December 15, 2014

Know your English — How is the word ‘gravitas’ pronounced?

What is the meaning of ‘monger’ in ‘scaremonger’? (K. Vikram, Madurai) ‘Monger’, a rather old-fashioned word, is seldom used on its own nowadays. It was originally used to... »
January 19, 2015

Know your English — How is the word ‘cicerone’ pronounced?

What is the meaning and origin of ‘dead in the water’? (J Mallikarjun, Bangalore) The expression is frequently used in American English in informal contexts. When you tell... »
January 5, 2015

Know your English — January 6, 2015

What is the meaning of ‘siege mentality’? (J Aravind, Chennai) The term was first used in psychology; nowadays, it is used in everyday contexts to refer to someone who thi... »
December 22, 2014

Know your English — Calling it a day and child's play

“You’re back early. I didn’t expect to see you here at this time of day.” “Our team has been working round the clock the past couple of days. My boss suggested that we call it a day at n... »
December 8, 2014

Know your English — It is ‘time immemorial’ and not ‘times immemorial’'

“Did you read about the ancient ruins they discovered in China?”“Yes, I read about it. Didn’t find the piece of news very interesting, though. I mean who wants to read about something that h... »

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