Monthly Archives: May 2016

13 animal names and their meanings – OxfordWords blog (May 31, 2016)

13 animal names and their meanings – OxfordWords blog (May 31, 2016) Let’s take a look behind the meanings of some common animal names… Ostrich The bird’s name comes from a combination of the classical Latin avis, ‘bird’, and post-classical … Continue reading

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The rise and rise of Virat Kohli – The Hindu (May 31, 2016)

The rise and rise of Virat Kohli – The Hindu (May 31, 2016) Sunrisers Hyderabad deservedly won the Indian Premier League title and ruined Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Sunday night party in its backyard, Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Sunrisers captain David … Continue reading

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Adrift in the Valley – The Hindu (May 30, 2016)

Adrift in the Valley – The Hindu (May 30, 2016)  From the beginning of the year, Kashmir has been facing its gravest crisis since 2008 and 2010. Neither Delhi nor Srinagar appears to be equipped to effectively deal with it. … Continue reading

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Mr. Obama at Hiroshima – The Hindu (May 28, 2016)

Mr. Obama at Hiroshima – The Hindu (May 28, 2016) As expected, U.S. President Barack Obama did not utter any apology on behalf of his country for dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. But such is the power … Continue reading

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BBC English: does it dictate proper pronunciation? – OxfordWords blog (May 27, 2016)

BBC English: does it dictate proper pronunciation? – OxfordWords blog (May 27, 2016) Language use and notions of correctness have always been central matters for large sections of British society – especially those concerned with class, status, and education. Throughout … Continue reading

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Protected: Avoiding common errors with the word enough – “About Words” a blog from Cambridge Dictionaries Online (May 25, 2016)

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Reaching out to Africa – The Hindu (May 27, 2016)

Reaching out to Africa – The Hindu (May 27, 2016) The Ministry of External Affairs, in the end, was mobilised sufficiently to persuade African envoys to call off their proposed boycott of the Africa Day event in the national capital on … Continue reading

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Children’s Word of the Year 2016: refugee – OxfordWords blog (May 26, 2016)

Children’s Word of the Year 2016: refugee – OxfordWords blog (May 26, 2016) Our Children’s Dictionaries department have announced the Children’s Word of the Year for 2016: refugee. The word was chosen after analysing the entries to the 2016 BBC Radio 2 500 WORDS … Continue reading

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Resolving the NEET conundrum – The Hindu (May 26, 2016)

Resolving the NEET conundrum – The Hindu (May 26, 2016) The ordinance granting a year’s exemption to State government institutions from NEET, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, provides timely relief to lakhs of students. There was confusion, and anxiety, after the … Continue reading

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New words in OxfordDictionaries.com: phubbing – OxfordWords blog (May 23, 2016)

New words in OxfordDictionaries.com: phubbing – OxfordWords blog (May 23, 2016) In the 2004 film Mean Girls, high school queen bee Regina George famously chastises one of her minions for using a slang term she has invented (fetch, meaning ‘cool’): … Continue reading

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