because people speak English
I'm working on a project for the Northern Territory Department of Education which includes a large volume of online learning media. This media is publicly accessible at:…Continue
The news media reported that "Angelina Jolie had "gifted" Brad Pitt a $30,000 Tiffany watch for father's day".Do you think it is correct to use gifted in that context?What other words might have been…Continue
It sounds like a medical term, or the name of a South African cactus plant, but it describes words in English whose spoken sound is the same as the actual sound. For example, the words "buzz", "hum",…Continue
A native English speaker, when I worked as a business and computing teacher in the United Arab Emirates, I helped Emirati students with aspects of English. Even though we had a huge number of very…Continue
As a watch fanatic, I receive several newsletters. Today I received a newsletter, the heading of which included "Live images" and "Live photos".
Now, I don't…Continue
Before I tell you my story, you need to know that a "crown wheel and pinion" is a piece of equipment from a motor vehicle's engine (see image at left). A "Crown Law opinion" is a legal opinion from the Crown Law Department. I worked at the Traffic Accident Investigation Squad where we often sought crown law…Continue
Aboriginal (black) Australians have no system of counting. To them there is either one person or a mob of people. Then they talk of a big mob or a little mob. They didn't need numbers.
English has developed different names for groups of animals. Instead of saying "There is a GROUP of ducks" or "a group of birds" or a "group of horses", we have a large list of different names just to make it hard.
For example, a group of cattle is called a "herd of cattle". A group of…Continue
For example, I often hear people such as news readers use the word "amount" when it should have been "number".