Category Archives: Know Your English (The Hindu)

Know Your English: On a slippery slope – The Hindu (Jul 30, 2017)

Know Your English: On a slippery slope – The Hindu (Jul 30, 2017) “What are you doing here? Isn’t there some test you should be cramming for?” “Cramming for? For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. This preview is provided here … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jul 23, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jul 23, 2017) What is the meaning and origin of ‘to eat crow’? (Krishna Kumar, Thiruvananthapuram) This American expression is mostly used in informal contexts to mean ‘to be humiliated’. For further reading, visit … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jul 16, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jul 16, 2017) “Can you lend me two hundred rupees? My friend’s birthday is coming up and…” “What happened to the pocket money your parents gave you last week? What did you…” For further … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jul 09, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jul 09, 2017) How is the word ‘fortuitous’ pronounced? (Amudhraj, Chennai) The first syllable is pronounced like the word ‘for’, and the following ‘tu’ rhymes with ‘due’, ‘few’ and ‘cue’. For further reading, visit … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jul 02, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 26, 2017) “Weren’t we supposed to meet at the gym yesterday? What happened?” “Sorry to have left you in the lurch. I couldn’t inform you because of the…” For further reading, visit “The … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 26, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 26, 2017) Is the word ‘topper’ used only by Indians? (K Nandini, Mysore) No, it isn’t. The word ‘topper’ is listed in all standard dictionaries, but the meaning that we Indians have given … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 19, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 19, 2017) “You look extremely tired and grumpy. Why don’t you take a few days off?” “No chance! My boss won’t grant me leave even if I ask for it. For further reading, … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 12, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 12, 2017) How is the word ‘robot’ pronounced? (Samuel Lawrence, Madurai) The first syllable rhymes with ‘so’, ‘no’ and ‘go’, and the second with….. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. This preview is provided … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 16, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 16, 2017) If you are a student, can you use the word ‘colleague’ to refer to a fellow student? (C Sandhya, Chennai) First, let us deal with the pronunciation of this word. For … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 10, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 10, 2017) “Sorry I’m late. The traffic was really bad today, and I had a horrible time trying to…” “No need to explain. Tried reading this book I found on your table, and … Continue reading

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