Category Archives: Know Your English (The Hindu)

Know Your English: Stop, take a break! – The Hindu (Feb 24, 2018)

Know Your English: Stop, take a break! – The Hindu (Feb 24, 2018) What is the meaning and origin of ‘come up for air’? (R.Vikram, Bengaluru) When someone has been working on something for a long time, and you tell … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Here’s a delicious piece of news – The Hindu (Feb 17, 2018)

Know Your English: Here’s a delicious piece of news – The Hindu (Feb 17, 2018) “You’re late! You should have been here half an hour ago. What happened?” “Sorry about that! I ran into an old friend of mine at … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Don’t pull a fast one – The Hindu (Feb 11, 2018)

Know Your English: Don’t pull a fast one – The Hindu (Feb 11, 2018) How is the word ‘narcissist’ pronounced? (J Vijaylakshmi, Warangal) The first syllable rhymes with ‘car’, ‘far’, and ‘par’, and the vowel in the second and third … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Oh, to be a fly on the wall – The Hindu (Feb 05, 2018)

Know Your English: Oh, to be a fly on the wall – The Hindu (Feb 05, 2018) “Is it wrong to say ‘sink down’?” “Why do you ask?” “Sujatha and I were talking about something and I said that the … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Are you in it for the long haul?– The Hindu (Jan 28, 2018)

Know Your English: Are you in it for the long haul?– The Hindu (Jan 28, 2018) What is the difference between ‘intolerable’ and ‘intolerant’? (C. Aditya, Chennai) When you say that the situation that you are in has become ‘intolerable’, … Continue reading

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