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Animal-themed Idiomatic Phrases

November 26, 2020

Idioms are great fun to toy with. They are a type of phrases which uses figurative language whereby the words may not mean anything concerning the phrase. It’s a bizarre way to communicate — illogical and yet so effective! As students, it was common to add an idiomatic phrase into our composition to embellish it […]

5 Commonly Used and Yet Obscure Terms

October 22, 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 […]

5 Commonly Used And Yet Obscure Terms (Vol 4)

August 6, 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 […]

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 […]