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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... »
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... »
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... »
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... »

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