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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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Know Your English: Don’t go hammer and tongs – The Hindu (Oct 01, 2017)

Know Your English: Don’t go hammer and tongs – The Hindu (Oct 01, 2017) How is the word ‘dotard’ pronounced? (Usha, Secunderabad) When Kim Jong-Un took a jab at Donald Trump by calling him a ‘dotard’, people made a beeline … Continue reading

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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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