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Know Your English – The Hindu (Oct 03, 2016)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Oct 03, 2016) What is the meaning and origin of ‘tip one’s hands’? (M Revathi, Mangalore) It is not ‘tip one’s hands’ but ‘tip one’s hand’. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. This preview … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Sep 19, 2016)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Sep 19, 2016) What is the meaning of ‘moxie’? (K Rajesh, Delhi)  First, let us deal with the pronunciation of this word. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Courtesy: The  Hindu

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Sep 12, 2016)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Sep 12, 2016) “Tell me, how is the word m..e..t..e pronounced?” For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Courtesy: The Hindu

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Know Your English – The Hindu (August 15, 2016)

Know Your English – The Hindu (August 15, 2016) “You were planning to visit your uncle on Sunday, weren’t you? Did you manage to….” “Yes, I managed to spend about two hours with him. As usual, I spent most of … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (August 08, 2016)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Aug 08, 2016) How is the word ‘albeit’ pronounced? (J Sunitha, Hyderabad) The first syllable sounds like the word ‘all’ and the third like the word ‘it’. The ‘be’ in the second is pronounced … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Aug 01, 2016)

Know Your English: August 1, 2016 “In the final scene, we have the heroine running at the villain and punching…” “Running at the villain? You mean ‘running after’ the villain, don’t you?” “No, I don’t. When you ‘run after’ someone, … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (July 25, 2016)

Know Your English: July 25, 2016 What is the meaning and origin of the expression ‘happy as a clam’? (T Indira, Tiruchi) This is the shorter form of the expression ‘happy as a clam at high tide’. A clam is … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (July 18, 2016)

Know Your English: July 18 “Is it true the word ‘anticlockwise’ doesn’t exist? That it’s an Indianism?” “Who told you that it doesn’t? Was it…” “It doesn’t matter who told me. Can you just answer the question, please?” “When you … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (July 11, 2016)

Know Your English: July 11 What is the meaning and origin of ‘playing to the gallery’? (Aloysius Edward, Pudukottai) This idiom which has a negative connotation has been around for several hundred years. When you accuse someone of ‘playing to … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (July 03, 2016)

Know Your English “I read about your new principal in the papers yesterday. What do you think of her?” “I haven’t been well the past couple of days. So, I haven’t been to school. According to my friends, she is … Continue reading

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