Tag Archives: Know Your English (The Hindu)

Know Your English: Are you a firecracker? – The Hindu (Dec 10, 2017)

Know Your English: Are you a firecracker? – The Hindu (Dec 10, 2017) Why are the English sometimes called ‘limeys’? (L. Jayanth, Madurai) Now that we have the Ashes series taking place Down Under, we may hear this word being … Continue reading

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Know Your English: The cat is out of the bag – The Hindu (Dec 03, 2017)

Know Your English: The cat is out of the bag – The Hindu (Dec 03, 2017) “After shouting at me for five minutes, she tells me I know nothing about computers.” “That’s how Sujatha is! You know that! Now, pull … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Lipstick on a pig – The Hindu (Nov 26, 2017)

Know Your English: Lipstick on a pig – The Hindu (Nov 26, 2017) Is it okay to use the word ‘gorgeous’ to describe a man? (Monju Choudhury, Hyderabad) First, let us deal with the pronunciation of this bisyllabic word. The … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Clear those cobwebs – The Hindu (Nov 19, 2017)

Know Your English: Clear those cobwebs – The Hindu (Nov 19, 2017) “It was a disaster. Someone asked me a slew of questions which I couldn’t answer.” “Slew of questions?”…… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. This preview is provided … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Stay as fit as a fiddle – The Hindu (Nov 12, 2017)

Know Your English: Stay as fit as a fiddle – The Hindu (Nov 12, 2017) What is the difference between an ‘agnostic’ and an ‘atheist’? (K. Dharmaraj, Chennai) The Greek word ‘theos’ means ‘God’; a ‘theist’, therefore, is someone who … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Don’t pay backhanded compliments – The Hindu (Nov 05, 2017)

Know Your English: Don’t pay backhanded compliments – The Hindu (Nov 05, 2017) “Your neighbour said something interesting on my way up here. Can you guess…?” “Instead of making me guess, why don’t you save us both some time and … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Don’t carry coals to Newcastle – The Hindu (Oct 30, 2017)

Know Your English: Don’t carry coals to Newcastle – The Hindu (Oct 30, 2017) What is the meaning of ‘flagship’ in ‘flagship product’? (NR Raghuram, Hyderabad) When a company refers to one of its products as its ‘flagship product’, what … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Playing truant isn’t always fun – The Hindu (Oct 22, 2017)

Know Your English: Playing truant isn’t always fun – The Hindu (Oct 22, 2017) “Tell me, how do you pronounce t..r..u..a..n..t? Does the first syllable sound like ‘true’?” “That’s right! The t..r..u is pronounced like…… For further reading, visit “The … Continue reading

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Know Your English: To go rogue is never a good idea – The Hindu (Oct 15, 2017)

Know Your English: To go rogue is never a good idea – The Hindu (Oct 15, 2017) What is the meaning and origin of ‘to go rogue’? (J Uditha, Lucknow) First, let us deal with the pronunciation of ‘rogue’; the … Continue reading

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Know Your English: Don’t rock the boat – The Hindu (Oct 08, 2017)

Know Your English: Don’t rock the boat – The Hindu (Oct 08, 2017) “I heard your father is back. Did he enjoy his trip to Goa?” “How could he? He went to attend a conference. He said the conference was … Continue reading

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