Confusing English by Vesna

Pejorative words, confusing words and stuff …

The main idea of this blog is to introduce all those words/phrases/grammar structures that make ESL students, even advanced level ESL speakers confused and insecure about their English skills.



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Lovesickness

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”

Hackers and Hats

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”

Battle-axe

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”

Desert vs Dessert

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”

Naval vs Navel

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

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