Archive for the ‘English Vocabulary’ Category

Your favourite, unforgettable metaphor, simile, etc

January 12, 2014

1. What is your favourite metaphor & why?

2. In what context was it used, in what story, poem, etc. and who was the author?

3. How was it significant to the writer’s literary technique?

4. In what way was it so meaningful or influential?

5. Was it in Hugh Hood’s A Game of Touch where a simile “the artist as litmus paper” is?

6. What is it alluding to?

Life-altering famous lines or quotes

November 17, 2013

What famous lines or quotes from literature like poetry or novels can change lives?

Do you use a highlighter when you read?

October 27, 2013

1. Do you like to highlight words or phrases when you read?

2. Do you refer back to what you have highlighted?

3. Is highlighting a useful habit that you would recommend?

Mobile Wallet

April 14, 2013

1. How do you describe the meaning of mobile wallet?

2. When will mobile wallets become commonplace in society?

Wrappers and Packages

December 24, 2012

1. What is the difference in meaning between wrapper and package?

2. Can a package ever be a wrapper?

3. Are candy bars usually in wrappers or packages or both?

4. Do all good things come in small wrappers and small packages?

5. What is the translation for candy wrapper?

Is more chutzpah what the world needs now?

December 16, 2012

1. What would be an appropriate sentence to illustrate the correct usage for chutzpah in good English?

2. What is a good synonym for chutzpah?

3. Has chutzpah become a popular term in the English-speaking world?

4. Does chutzpah generally have a positive or a negative connotation?

throw together

December 9, 2012

1. What are the different meanings of “throw together“?

2. Does “throw together”  have the connotation of  being unplanned?

Quite a lot/ Quite a bit/ Quite a few

December 2, 2012

1. Are quite a lot, quite a bit and quite a few synonymous?

2. What is the difference in usage between quite a bit and quite a few?

fat chance/ slim chance

November 25, 2012

Fat is the opposite of slim and yet fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing.

1. What is an effective way to expound on how to use the above correctly?

2. How did the above idioms become identical in meaning?

What is the etymology of “bevy”?

November 18, 2012

1. What are common ways to use “bevy” in good English?

2.  Is “bevy” a word that is often used in English?

3.  How did “bevy” orginate in English? Is there a connection with beverage?