Confusing words - 7 LATER/LATTER


The difference in spelling is a single letter, ‘t’, but they mean different things.
The second word differs in spelling from the first in just having one ‘t’ extra, but...

Posted on May 11, 2019

Confusing words - 6 Incriminate/Discriminate/Indiscriminate

Like, two prefixes were not enough, we have three!
The meaning of incriminate is straightforward. It means making someone a part of a crime or a negative activity. Example: His...

Posted on May 9, 2019

The perils of keyword hunting

In the Reading test of IELTS, the advice you often hear from ‘experts’ is that the easiest way to find the answer is to mark the keywords in the question...

Posted on May 6, 2019

Can you be tricked? Question -2

There are many intelligently phrased questions in the IELTS Reading test passages that can easily trick you because of the way the words are used both in the passage and...

Posted on May 5, 2019

Can you be tricked? Question -1

There are many intelligently phrased questions in the IELTS Reading test passages that can easily trick you because of the way the words are used both in the passage and...

Posted on May 4, 2019

Confusing words - 5 Indifference

Difference, is the way two or more things that you are comparing are not the same. 
Examples: 1. The twins look the same in every way except their hairstyles. 
2....

Posted on May 2, 2019

Some words that don’t exist in the English language

There are some words that don’t exist in English but students tend to use them. Students often get confused with the past tense and past participle formations of some of...

Posted on May 1, 2019

Professional Achievement

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Professional achievement

CENTA is an organization that works for improving the quality of teachers in India and abroad. Every year, they conduct a Teaching Professionals' Olympiad (TPO)....

Posted on Apr 3, 2019

Blunder Boards - Cannibalism with Vegetarians on the menu, where do I hide?


First, it says, “Hyderabad’s best vegetarian is back”. If the vegetarian is used without any noun following it like, dish, hotel etc we assume it is a person. The best...

Posted on Apr 3, 2019

Confusing words - 4 - INVALUABLE

Here is another word with the IN- prefix which is not the opposite of the word following it. Invaluable and valuable mean the same thing but there is a slight...

Posted on Apr 3, 2019

Confusing words - 3 - DISCOURAGE

While dis- is definitely a prefix which when added to some words means the opposite of the word such as, disadvantage, distaste, disability, in some other words it is not...

Posted on Apr 3, 2019

Confusing words - 2 - INFLAMMABLE

Flammable and inflammable both mean the same thing. Don't look at me like that. I didn't invent the words. 
Inflammable means something that can be set on fire. Paper, cotton,...

Posted on Apr 3, 2019

Confusing words - 1 - INFAMOUS

Famous means being well-known.
Example: Lionel Messi is a famous football player.
Infamous does not mean obscure or unknown. It is not the opposite of famous. Infamous means being famous...

Posted on Apr 3, 2019

Nitpicking Time - Wedding Anniversary or Marriage Anniversary?

The wedding was a grand event. The wedding is on March 08. We have not received the wedding invitation.
The marriage is going great guns. The marriage seems shaky. The...

Posted on Mar 22, 2019

Blunder Boards - Smoke and burn the boat!

We have a tendency to read in columns. If there is a gap between texts aligned together, our mind sees it as two columns.

This caution painting on the side...

Posted on Mar 22, 2019

Blunder Boards - How about Roast Ghost for Dinner?

There are people who claim to live on just air and sunlight. No food. The cult is called Breatharians. We know that is crap but we let it go. 
Now,...

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Blunder Boards - Child marriage, really?

Child marriages have been outlawed in India years ago. This board by India's premier bank asks 'Have you planned for your child marriage?'
The error in this lends itself to...

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Blunder Boards - Food is getting a political colour!


The phrase, ‘in the soup’ indicates someone is in trouble. “My son bunked a lot of classes and now he is short of attendance. He is in a nice soup.” ...

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Blunder Boards - Only part of your vehicle can be parked

One way to interpret that board is that office staff alone are permitted to park their vehicles but not the complete vehicle. They can park only the inner of their...

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Space for our cousins

Our closest cousins in the animal world are the chimpanzees. We and the chimpanzees are more closely related than say the chimpanzees and the Gibbons another member of the ape...

Posted on Mar 18, 2019