Category Archives: Know Your English (The Hindu)

Know Your English: The wrath of a war goddess – The Hindu (Sep 25, 2017)

Know Your English: The wrath of a war goddess – The Hindu (Sep 25, 2017) “Karthik was telling my father yesterday that he’s planning to start his own business.” “Karthik and business? I don’t think he has the smarts to … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Start at the very beginning – The Hindu (Sep 17, 2017)

Know Your English: Start at the very beginning – The Hindu (Sep 17, 2017) What is the meaning and origin of ‘start from scratch’? (K Rajender, Gulbarga) “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” This … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Unitasking has its advantages – The Hindu (Sep 03, 2017)

Know Your English: Unitasking has its advantages – The Hindu (Sep 03, 2017) What is the meaning of ‘burn a hole in the pocket’? (Lehar Saxena, Ambala) In India, many people use this expression to mean to spend a lot … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Laughing all the way to the bank – The Hindu (Aug 27, 2017)

Know Your English: Laughing all the way to the bank – The Hindu (Aug 27, 2017) “The writer has nice things to say about your company’s cultural programme.” “That’s to be expected, I guess. He was our former employee.” For … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Nonchalance is the new ‘cool’ – The Hindu (Aug 20, 2017)

Know Your English: Nonchalance is the new ‘cool’ – The Hindu (Aug 20, 2017) How is the word ‘nonchalant’ pronounced? (B.Devi, Kurnool) The first syllable is pronounced like the word ‘non’ and the remaining two vowels sound like the ‘a’ … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Don’t be a showboat – The Hindu (Aug 13, 2017)

Know Your English: Don’t be a showboat – The Hindu (Aug 13, 2017) “I don’t think I can eat the entire slice. I’ll cut it into two. Where do you keep your cutleries? In the kitchen or in the…” “No, … Continue reading

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Know Your English: You’re on the wrong track – The Hindu (Aug 06, 2017)

Know Your English: You’re on the wrong track – The Hindu (Aug 06, 2017) What is the meaning and origin of ‘barking up the wrong tree’? (S Rajendra Prasad, Gudivada) The expression is mostly used in informal contexts to mean … Continue reading

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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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