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

You already know French!

Do you know that you are already using French when you speak English? Languages borrow words from one another frequently and then make it their own. A kind of kabja...

Posted on Sep 28, 2018

The difference between formal and informal language

I asked my student Chetan to write an essay on “The advantages and disadvantages of allowing children to access the internet without any supervision”.

Here are some extracts from his...

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Question that?

Have you wondered how did the symbol for the question mark (?) originate? Such a symbol is also called glyph. There are many accounts for it but one of them...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Capitalize that!

Unlike Indian languages, English has got two cases for its script – uppercase and lowercase. The upper case is also referred to as Capital letters. Some minor movements had started...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

A path to immortality - your name in the dictionary

Amongst the thousands of words in the dictionary, do you know there are people’s names there too? Some people’s names have come to mean something more generic than their own...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Empty space is also a punctuation mark!

If I ask you to list the punctuation marks in English, you are most likely to say, period, comma, colon, semicolon, question mark, exclamation mark, capitalization, hyphen, the dash, quotation...

Posted on Sep 17, 2018