Top Twenty Ways to Tell Someone Their Fly Is Unzipped

20. The cucumber has left the salad. 19. I can see the gun of Navarone. 18. Someone tore down the wall, and your Pink Floyd is hanging out. 17. You’ve got Windows on your laptop. 16. Sailor Ned’s trying to take a little shore leave. 15. Your soldier ain’t so unknown now. 14. Quasimodo needs… Read More

How Did These Fruits Get Their Names in English?

How Kiwifruits Got Their Name Kiwifruit were first found in the Chang Kiang Valley of China and as they spread to other parts of the world, they were called Chinese gooseberries. They were named ‘kiwifruit’ in the mid twentieth century. The new name refers to the furry covering that resembles the kiwi bird. Kiwifruits in… Read More

Woof Woof: Dog Barks in Different Languages

Woof is the conventional representation in the English language of the barking of a dog. As with other examples of onomatopoeia or imitative sounds, other cultures “hear” the dog’s barks differently and represent them in their own ways. Some of the equivalents of “woof” in other European and Asian languages are as follows: English –… Read More

Confusing words: mugwump

Origin: The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884. Theyswitched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine. In a close election, the Mugwumps supposedly made the difference in… Read More

Politically correct English

As we progress in the 21st century, more and more everyday English terms are considered offensive. Although there are many categories in which words have been changed such as racial and ethnic groups, age, ilness and disabilities, and sexual preferences, among others, it is in gender that these changes are more noticeable: Gender is an… Read More

Fun with words: 100 ways to say “good”

  ɡo͝od/ adjective adjective: good; comparative adjective: better; superlative adjective: best 1. to be desired or approved of. “we live at peace with each other, which is good” synonyms: healthy, fine, sound, tip-top, hale and hearty, fit, robust, sturdy, strong,vigorous More antonyms: poor, ill pleasing and welcome. “she was pleased to hear good news about him” expressing approval. “the play had good reviews” 2. having the qualities… Read More

Language of the New Generation: Human Resources Acronyms

It is clear that the youngest generation entering the workforce has different communication experiences, and companies are beginning to see the results incorporated into work-related communication methods. The newest generation, also known as (AKA) millenials, has always had access to a cellular phone, an internet connection, and digital music using an MP3 player. Text messaging… Read More