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Internet buzzwords for ESL students

March 15th, 2014 in Words

A buzzword is a word or phrase that becomes so popular over a short period of time. These words are used to impress the reader or the listener. Here is a guide to some of the most popular internet buzzwords.

Hire / Rent, Rise / Raise

January 14th, 2014 in Words

These words have very similar meanings.

To hire or rent something is to pay money so that you can use it for a limited period of time. Both hire and rent can be used with certain nouns. There is no difference of meaning.

Using ask

September 5th, 2013 in Words

Ask is one of the commonest verbs in English. It is sometimes used incorrectly. The verb ask cannot be followed by the preposition to. It can be followed by either a direct or an indirect object.

Using other

August 23rd, 2013 in Words

The word other can be used as a determiner or a pronoun.

When used as a determiner, other is followed by a plural noun.

Words commonly confused

April 14th, 2013 in Words

Audience and spectators

The words audience and spectators have slightly different meanings. An audience is a group of people who have assembled at a place to see or hear a film, a speech or a performance.

Origin of the word blackmail

February 9th, 2013 in Words

To blackmail somebody is to exhort money or something else of value from them by the threat of exposing information that will harm them in many ways. Blackmailing is a punishable offence.

What does carte blanche mean?

February 6th, 2013 in Words

Carte Blanche is one of those phrases loaned from French. This French expression is pronounced ‘cart BLONSH’. Note that the main stress falls on the second word. To give somebody carte blanche is to give them complete freedom to do whatever they want.