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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Beauty of Different Languages…

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…”


Vain vs Vein

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”

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”


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”


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