November 28, 2009

English For International use

Here is a useful TED India video. It is about English language and its different uses in the international sphere. As the world is but a comity of nations dependent on each other for various needs and requirements like financial, political, economic, social, bilateral or multi-lateral nature the language of English is but a useful bridge to help foster international friendship, mutual understanding or multi-lateral talks. The speaker is Jay Walker and the video is a part of the series of talks by TEDtalks. Well, no more. Here i go.
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October 30, 2009

Thought Remained in Brain


Sitting on a train, stressed was my brain,
Saw a beauty bedecked, gave glee to brain.
Holding a hand fan, cuing again and again,
Gosh! Hijacked my peace, bubbled my brain.

A ray of smile, gathered my lips twosome,
Smiled she back, that struck my brain.
Fanning and stealing glances, my activities, the same.
Body like an alien crane, color colored my brain.

Eyes captivating and black, became I an instant insane,
Cerise chubby cheeks; went into coma my brain.
Lying on my berth, completely out of sense,                                        
Came she near, sense gained my brain.

How are you, asked she smiling, I had an incarnation,
Wish could have told, love you! Alas! Thought remain in brain. 

October 25, 2009

Vocabulary from Animals 3


Here is the final part of the series Vocabulary from Animals.  The links for the other two posts are given below.  

Monkey (Adj. Simian)
Monkey (n): A mischievous person
Monkey about: Behave in a stupid or careless way
Monkey wrench: An adjustable spanner
Monkey’s wedding: A simultaneous occurrence of sunshine and drizzle
Have a monkey on your back: To have an addiction to drugs

Wolf   (Adj. Lupine)
Wolf: A man given to seducing women
Wolf down: Devour something greedily
Wolf whistle: A whistle indicating sexual admiration
Cry Wolf: Raise repeated false alarms
Have a wolf in the stomach: To be ravenously hungry

Tiger (Adj. Tigrine)
Tiger: A cruel or formidable person
Tigerish: Fierce tempered
Tiger footed: Fiercely swift
Paper Tiger: An opponent who seems strong but is actually weak
Snake (Adj. Ophidian)
Snake (n): Someone who cannot be trusted
Snaky: Cold and cunning; ungrateful
Snake-hipped: slim-hipped
Snake along: Move in long twisting curves
Snake in the grass: A lurking danger, a person who injures furtively

Rat (Adj. Murine)
Rat (n): A traitor, a mean, untrustworthy person
Ratty: Irritable, bad-tempered
Rat on: betray somebody’s trust.
Rat pack: A group of aggressively journalists and photographers.
                  : Rowdy gang of youngsters
Rat race: a fiercely competitive struggle for power, position, wealth etc.
Smell a rat: Guess that something wrong is happening
Like rats deserting a sinking ship: people leaving an organization when it is in trouble.

Donkey (Adj. Asinine)
Donkey vote: A system of voting in which preferences are marked in the order in the ballot paper
Donkey: A stupid or foolish person
Donkey engine: A small auxiliary engine
Donkey jacket: A thick weather proof jacket
Donkey work:  drudgery, laborious part of a job
Donkey’s years: a very long time
Talk the hind leg off a donkey: Talk continuously
Fox (Adj. Vulpine)
Fox:  A sly, cunning person
Foxy: clever in a deceitful way
Fox hole: A hole in the ground used as a shelter
Fox trot: A type of ballroom dance

Squirrel (Adj. Sciurine)
Squirrel: A hoarder
Squirrelly: Very eccentric or odd
Squirrel away: Keep valuables in a safe place to use later
Squirrel cage:  A dull, purposeless task.
Ape (Adj. Simian)
Ape: An imitator
Ape: To mimic
Go ape: To become crazy
Mule (Adj. Mulish)
Mule: A stupid or obstinate person, a drug courier
Mulish: stubborn, obstinate and unwilling to cooperate

Buffalo (Adj. bubaline)
Buffalo: To intimidate
Buffalo grass: grown as a lawn grass
Buffalo wings: Crispy spicy chicken wings

Elephant (Adj. Elephantine)
Elephantine: Clumsy and unwieldy (Size)
                        : Reliable and extensive (Memory)
White elephant: A possession that is useless or troublesome

Miscellaneous:
Crocodile tears: False tears or sorrow without heart-felt feelings
Stag party: A bachelor party on the eve of a man’s wedding.

So here comes the end of the third part of the series Vocabulary from Animals.  Here are the links to other two posts for your quick access.
Bye for now. 
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October 22, 2009

Vocabulary from Animals 2


Here is the second part of Vocabulary from Animals.  The first can be accessed here.
Pig: Adj. Porcine
Pig (N): A greedy, dirty, obstinate person.
Pigheaded: Stupidly stubborn, obstinate.

Pigsty: A dirty or untidy place.
Piggy Back: Ride on someone’s back and shoulders.
Cow: Adj. Bovine
Cow (v): To Intimidate, to frighten somebody into submission.
Cowish: Cowardly.
Cow College: A college in a remote rural area.
Cow boy: A dishonest, reckless or unqualified businessman.
Till the cows come home: For an indefinitely long time.
Rabbit: Adj. Leporine
Rabbit (n): A novice, a beginner or unskillful player of a game.
Rabbit on: to chatter, talk excessively in an annoying way.
Rabbit punch: hit on the nape of the neck with the side of the hand.
Rabbit food: A vegetarian diet providing insufficient nutrition.
Sheep: Adj. Ovine
Sheep (n): A shy, easily led person.
Sheepish: Embarrassed, uncomfortable.
Black sheep: A disrespectful member of family.
Separate the sheep from the goats: Identify the people who are intelligent and successful.
Bear: Adj. Ursine
Bear (n): A rough, unmannerly person. Who anticipates fall in the price of shares.
Bear hug: a rough, tight embrace.
Bear garden:  A turbulent assembly.
Bugbear: An object of baseless fear.
Like a bear with a sore head: Very bed tempered.
Lion: Adj. Leonine.
Lion (n): a brave or celebrated person.
Lionize: treat someone as being important or famous.
Lion-hearted: Very brave.
The lion’s share: The largest or the best part.
In the lion’s: The lion’s share.
Will be back with the third part.  Till then it’s bye for now.
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October 21, 2009

Vocabulary from Animals


English vocabulary is rich, as it derives words from various sources.  Like colors, numbers even animal world has also influenced its vocabulary in a great way.  Here is a list of vocabulary related to animals.

       

Bull: Adj. Taurine
Bull: (N) a strong and heavy set of man, a man who anticipates a rise in the price of shares. 
Bull Dance: A dance of men only. 
Bull-headed: Obstinate and uncooperative. 
Bull’s eye: The centre of target. 
Bulldoze: Use force to persuade some one, intimidate. 
Like a bull in a China Shop:  Behaving clumsily in a delicate situation. 

Cat: Adj. Feline
Cat (n): A malicious or spite woman.
Catnap: A short sleep during the day without lying down.
Cat’s eye: A reflector, Reflective studs marking lanes/ streets.
Cat walk: A narrow platform for the models in a fashion show.  Walk in ramp.
Rain cats and dogs: heavy rain.
Let the cat out of the bag: To reveal a secret unintentionally.
See which way the cat jumps: Wait and see how things are going to turn out.

Dog: Adj. Canine
Dog (V) Pursue, follow closely and persistently.
Dogged: Stubbornly determined.
Dog end: Something left over.
Go to the dogs: Deteriorate, get much worse.
Dog’s chance: No chance.
Dog-eat-dog: Ruthless pursuit of one’s own interest.
Underdog: A person who is weak and is treated badly.
Dog in the manger: Someone who prevents others from using something even though he has no use of it.

Goat: Adj. Caprine
Goat (n): A lecherous man who annoys women.
Goatee: A small pointed beard on the end of a man’s chin.
Scapegoat: person blamed or punished for the fault of others.
Play the giddy goat: Behave in a silly way.

Hare: Adj. Leporine
Hare (V): Run very fast, usually in an uncontrolled way.
Start a hare: Raise a topic of conversation.
Hare-brained: Not practical, foolish.
Hare lip: Cleft lip.
Run with the hare and hunt with hounds: Try to support both sides in an argument.
Horse: Adj. Equine
Horse (sl) A heroine.
Dark horse: Little known person who wins unexpectedly.
White horse: A willing and obliging worker.
Horse sense: Shrewd bargaining.
Straight from the horse’s mouth: Information from a person having direct knowledge.
Friends and followers, this much for today.  I am very sorry for not updating my blog that frequently for quite sometime.  At present I am busy writing my second novel.  At the same time I am also busy preparing for the Nanowrimo 2009.  So, till the end of November, I may not be able to update this blog that frequently.  Sorry for the inconvenience but please bear with the temporary phase.  


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September 25, 2009

Irregular Verbs and Their Different forms Part 2


Here is the second part of the series. 
Present
Past
Past Participle
Arise
Arose
Arisen
Be
Was/Were
Been
Beat
Beat
Beaten
Befall
Befell
Befallen
Behold
Beheld
Beheld
Bereave
Bereaved
Bereft/Bereaved
Bet
Bet/Betted
Betted/Bet
Bid (Offer)
Bid
Bid
Bite
Bit
Bitten
Blow
Blew
Blown
Breed
Bred
Bred
Broadcast
Broadcast
Broadcast
Burn
Burned/Burnt
Burned/Burnt
Buy
Bought
Bought
Catch
Caught
Caught
Choose
Chose(pron)
Chosen
Cling
Clung
Clung
Come
Came
Come
Creep
Crept
Crept
Cut
Cut
Cut
Deal
Dealt
Dealt
Do
Did
Done
Dream
Dreamed/Dreamt
Dreamed/Dreamt
Drive
Drove
Driven
Eat
Ate
Eaten
Feed
Fed
Fed
Fight
Fought
Fought
Flee
Fled
Fled
Fly
Flew
Flown
Forbid
Forbade
Forbidden
Forgive
Forgave
Forgiven
Freeze
Froze
Frozen
Gild
Gilded/Gilt
Gilded/Gilt
Give
Gave
Given
Grind
Ground
Ground
Hang
Hung/Hanged
Hung/Hanged
Hear
Heard
Heard
Hide
Hid
Hidden
Hold
Held
Held
Keep
Kept
Kept
Knit
Knit/Knitted
Knit/Knitted
Lay
Laid
laid
Lean
Leaned/Leant
Leaned/Leant
Learn
Learned/Learnt
Learned/Learnt
Lend
Lent
lent
Lie
Lay
Lain
Lose
Lost
Lost
Mean
Meant
Meant
Mow
Mowed
Mowed/Mown
Put
Put
Put
Rend
Rent
Rent
Ride
Rode
Ridden
Rise
Rose
Risen
Saw
Sawed
Sawed/Sawn
Sell
Sold
Sold
Set
Set
Set
Shake
Shook
Shaken
Shed
Shed
Shed
Shoe
Shoed/Shod
Shoed/Shod
Show
Showed
Showed/Shown
Shut
Shut
Shut
Sink
Sank
Sunk
Slay
Slew
Slain
Slide
Slid
Slid
Slink
Slunk
Slunk
Smell
Smelled/Smelt
Smelled/Smelt
Sow
Sowed
Sowed/Sown
Speed
Speeded/Sped
Speeded/Sped
Spend
Spent
Spent
Spin
Spun
Spun
Split
Split
Split
Spread
Spread
Spread
Stand
Stood
Stood
Stick
Stuck
Stuck
Stink
Stank/Stunk
Stank/Stunk
Stride
Strode
Stridden
String
Strung
Strung
Swear
Swore
Sworn
Swell
Swelled
Swelled/Swollen
Swing
Swung
Swung
Teach
Taught
Taught
Tell
Told
Told
Thrive
Thrived/Throve
Thrived/Thriven
Thrust
Thrust
Thrust
Wake
Waked/Woke
Woken/Waked
Weave
Wove
Woven
Wet
Wet/Wetted
Wet/Wetted
Wind
Wound
Wound
Write
Wrote
Written

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