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Abbreviation – Millennial Terms

June 22, 2020

It is common to hear parents lamenting about not understanding their children’s lingo. They feel baffled when their kids sent them a handphone message with all the abbreviations. “Keeping abreast with youngster’s language used to be so much simpler in the good old days” is an oft-quoted phrase by the disgruntled older generation. Lately, the […]

How To Pronounce Like a Pro (Vol 2)

May 29, 2020

The reason why a person wants to pronounce correctly varies. Some would want to sound like the native speakers of the language while others find it embarrassing mispronouncing words especially while giving a speech or in a social setting. Whatever the reason may be, the desire for improving yourself is commendable. A bartender friend recounted […]

5 Commonly Used And Yet Obscure Terms (Vol 3)

April 1, 2020

In our daily lives, we may have come across terms which are good to know but we might have overlooked them as we are bombarded with “infobesity” or information overload. Then again, some of these terms may be worth knowing as it gives a feeling of empowerment in our daily activities; e.g. while meeting our […]

Foreign Words in the English Language

August 30, 2019

In our day to day living, we may have used foreign terms in our English usage – both while speaking and writing, sometimes not knowing that it is borrowed from another language. For example, the word ‘bungalow’ whose origin is from India, means a one-storey house, usually surrounded by a ‘veranda’, another foreign word. Furthermore, […]

The Right Word (Vol 1)

March 21, 2019

The right word used in an impactful manner can transform a mediocre writer into an excellent one. Similarly, a lacklustre essay can be given a whiff of fresh air by words that appeal to the senses. One of the greatest nightmares for a presenter is to use the wrong word when the audience is all […]

10 Impressive Words to Use in Everyday Conversation

January 18, 2019

There is a correlation between increasing your vocabulary and the ability to communicate more effectively with the world around us, subtly opening up our perspectives and ways of interaction. In our daily lives, we may have come across terms which are good to know but would have overlooked it as we are bombarded with “infobesity” […]

Do Not Use Very (Vol 2)

September 7, 2018

During my school days whenever I was assigned to write compositions, I would be stumped when I had to describe something much intense than the word I had in mind. An example — when I needed to define “an extremely dry” area, I will use “very dry”. I would then muse if I could have […]

5 Commonly Used and yet Obscure Terms (Vol. 2)

July 17, 2018

In our daily lives, we may have come across terms which are good to know but might have overlooked it as we are bombarded with “infobesity” or information overload. Then again, some of these terms may be worth knowing as it gives a feeling of empowerment in our daily activities; e.g. while meeting our clients. […]

Cliché: Love It Or Loathe It

July 7, 2018

In our daily conversation, we may have heard people say, “Aiyoh, not that cliché again!” It is a frequently used term but what do we really mean by cliché? A cliché (pronounced Klee -Shey) is an expression which was thought-provoking when first coined but soon became an overkill. People overused them and it ended a […]

Commonly Confused Words (vol. 2)

June 5, 2018

I once attended a seminar on alternative medicine. The presenter explained: “If we apply this ointment to the affected area, the pain will be ELEVATED instantaneously. She had obviously confused alleviate with elevate. She had used “elevated” which means raised, uplifted, high up, etc. The right word should have been ALLEVIATED which means less severe. […]