March 18, 2017

How is the word ‘abysmal’ pronounced?

The vowels in the first and last syllables are like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The ‘bys’ in the second syllable is pronounced like the word ‘biz’. The word is pronounced ‘e-BIZ-mel’ with the stress on the second syllable. It comes from the...

March 3, 2017

“Sorry I’m late. But I had to go to Vikram’s place to drop something off. His mother gave me some nice and hot idlis. They were really good.”

“I’m sure they were. Several people have told me that Vikram’s mother is an excellent cook.”

“No doubt about it. Nothing like hav...

February 22, 2017

How is the word ‘genteel’ pronounced and how is it used in everyday context?

The first syllable ‘gen’ rhymes with ‘when’, ‘pen’ and ‘ten’, and the second with the words ‘peel’, ‘feel’ and ‘kneel’.

The word is pronounced ‘jen-TEEL’ with the stress on the second syllable....

February 21, 2017

What is the meaning of ‘mansplaining’?

‘Mansplaining’ is a relatively new word; it is a combination of ‘man’ and ‘explaining’. The word is normally used with men. When a man ‘mansplains’ the rules of cricket to a woman, he usually does so in a condescending manner. He i...