Confusing words: Make and Do

DO There are no easy rules to follow. We always use do to describe indefinite activities, often with what, thing, anything, nothing, etc and generally speaking we also use do to talk about duties, jobs or (leisure) activities. Look at the following examples: ‘What shall we do now?’ ‘You can do what you like. I’m… Read More

41 brilliant words to add to your vocabulary

Each year the Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) adds new words that only recently came into general usage, many driven by fast-moving trends in technology and culture (see a few examples here). Here’s an amazing collection of new words that we might soon see being added to the ODO:  

Trump calls Hillary Clinton a ‘bigot’

As Donald Trump listed the ways that he would make life better for African Americans living in poverty, he suddenly shouted, “Hillary Clinton is a bigot!” -Sean Sullivan and Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post, 24 Aug., 2016 The current definition of bigot is “a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially: a… Read More

Donald Trump says The New York Times doesn’t “write good”

Think well. He does not think well of The New York Times. Trump caused some journalists to chuckle when he said on Monday night that political reporters at The Times “don’t know how to write good.” “The New York Times is so unfair,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “I mean they write three, four articles about me… Read More

Intelligent Words

Long and exotic words (like defenestration or sesquipedalian) are often more fascinating than useful. By comparison, these words can enrich conversations without sounding ridiculous. Paradigm Definition: a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about Words It Might Replace: idea, theory, concept Example: “Pessimists are bemoaning the end… Read More

Confusing words: Later and Latter

Later is an adverb. It’s used to express time, either in the future or after the time you have mentioned. For example: “I’ll see you later on Sunday.” Latter is an adjectiv, which means near or towards the end of something For example: “The English test had two parts: grammar and listening. I got tired… Read More

Confusing words: Enquire(y) and Inquire(y)

In British English there’s a subtle difference between enquiry and inquiry, but Americans tend to use inquiry for both, as a result the lines are getting blurred, but generally:- If you enquire about someone or something you ask about them. For example:- She enquired about his health. He was touched by her enquiry.. In British… Read More