Dobrý den! It was very pleasant to hear a language different from English and a little bit similar to my native one – Serbian. I make a living from teaching English but let’s preserve and nourish our native languages, too! “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to hisContinue reading “Beauty of Different Languages…”
Homophones Vain/veɪn/(adjective) too proud of yourself *He is vain about his good looks. unsuccessful or useless *It was a vain attempt to forget her. Vein/veɪn/(noun) A tube in a body that carries blood to the heart. *She is in my veins.
My my! Love or delusion… makes one seriously sick, too… Lovesick (ness) – unable to think about anything except the person who you love, especially when your love is not reciprocated; missing the person one loves, being unable to behave normally. Unrequited love – one-sided love or love that is not reciprocated. Infatuation or being smitten –Continue reading “Lovesickness”
I am pretty certain that you have heard of hackers but do you know that their hats make them good or evil ones? A white hat hacker is a computer expert who gets into computer systems but to ensure the security of the information systems of an organization that hired them. A black hatContinue reading “Hackers and Hats”
From a weapon to an aggressive woman… Battle-axe (woman) – an unpleasant and frightening woman with a strong opinion. Battle-axe – a term, generally considered pejorative, describes an aggressive, bossy woman with determined attitude. I could not find an exact etymology of the term but the temperance activist Carrie Nation, known for attacking alcohol-serving establishmentsContinue reading “Battle-axe”
Homonym and Homophones Desert /ˈdezə(r)t/ (noun) a large area of land covered with sand or rocks, with little water and few plants *The Sahara Desert Desert /dɪˈzɜː(r)t/ (verb) to leave the army without permission with no intention of returning *He deserted the army without thinking of the consequences. to leave someone without help or inContinue reading “Desert vs Dessert”
Homophones naval /ˈneɪv(ə)l/ – belonging/relating to a country’s navy *a naval battle/officer or naval forces navel /ˈneɪv(ə)l/ – a small round part in the middle of the stomach where we were separated from our mothers at birth
own – to possess something that legally belongs to you *She owns three houses. owe – to have to pay or give something to someone because you borrowed money from them or they have done something for you *She still owes some money on her house.
Homonym lie (lay/lain) – to be/put yourself into horizontal position *He was too tired so he lay on the bed and fell asleep. lie (lied/lied) – to say something that is not true to deliberately deceive someone *She lied about her age and job.
lie (lying/lay/lain) – to be or put yourself into a horizontal position on a surface. *She was lying on the beach. lay (laying/laid/laid) – to put someone or something in a flat or horizontal position, usually in a careful way. *She laid her babies on the bed.