Pun Intended Part III

The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. A pun differs from a malapropism in that a malapropism uses an incorrect expression that alludes to another (usually… Read More

Origin of the word “OK”

There have been numerous attempts to explain the emergence of this expression, which seems to have swept into popular use in the US during the mid-19th century. Most of them are pure speculation. It does not seem at all likely, from the linguistic and historical evidence, that it comes from the Scots expression och aye, the Greek ola kala (‘it is good’), the Choctaw… Read More

Hold Your Horses (new: audio included!)

BBC Learning English is an excellent tool to improve your English skills. Transcript William: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. My name is William Kremer. Li: And I’m Li. William, what’s our phrase today? William: Well, hold on a second Li, let me just play you – Li: No, come on, tell me… Read More

How can I speak better English?

  English is not an easy language to master. But don’t give up! To improve your spoken English, read and bookmark this excellent article by British English Coach. It’s long, but it will be extremely helpful. Posted by dilano in English learning blog If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to communicate with confidence and competence in English. When we… Read More

Myth buster: sentences ending with a preposition

For years, there has been a grammar myth floating around that it is wrong to end a sentence with a preposition. But if you do a quick Google search, you’ll find dozens of grammar experts who say that this myth is simply that: a myth. The following sentences are all legitimate: Haters would all argue that the above sentences are… Read More

Oxford dictionary adds “twerk,” “derp,” “selfie,” “phablet,” and more voguish vocabulary

Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) is adding words that only recently came into general usage, many driven by fast-moving trends in technology and culture. Yes, “twerk” is now in the dictionary. Amongst the new words is “phablet,” a portmanteau of “phone” and “tablet” used to describe oversized smartphones. Other new words and phrases include “bitcoin,” “internet… Read More