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  1. She normally had great empathy for people she read about, but she had no sympathy for these boat people.
  2. The enormousness of his task seemed overwhelming, and then he found he must slay a dragon known for the enormity of his evil doings.
  3. He wanted to carve an epigram that he had seen used as an epigraph for his grandfather's epitaph.
  4. We would like to ensure good weather for our company picnic, but our insurance company won't insure good weather with an inexpensive policy.
  5. One sister liked bugs and studied entomology; the other liked words and went into etymology.
  6. He especially likes coffee ice-cream. Every week, his wife buys some specially for him.
  7. We use our everyday dishes every day.
  8. The choirboys exulted when they discovered they were to sing before such an exalted audience.
  9. Expect — anticipate
  10. The general found it expedient to blame his lieutenants for the expeditious progress of the enemy.

      WORDS AND ACTIONS SHOULD BE THE SAME

There once was a boy who loved eating sweets. He always asked for sweets from his father. His father was a poor man. He could not always afford sweets for his son. But the little boy did not understand this, and demanded sweets all the time.

The boy's father thought hard about how to stop the child asking for so many sweets. There was a very holy man living nearby at that time. The boy's father had an idea. He decided to take the boy to the great man who might be able to persuade the child to stop asking for sweets all the time.

The boy and his father went along to the great man. The father said to him, "O great saint, could you ask my son to stop asking for sweets which I cannot afford?" The great man was in difficulty, because he liked sweets himself. How could he ask the boy to give up asking for sweets? The holy man told the father to bring his son back after one month.

During that month, the holy man gave up eating sweets, and when the boy and his father returned after a month, the holy man said to the boy "My dear child, will you stop asking for sweets which your father cannot afford to give you?"

From then on, the boy stopped asking for sweets.

The boy's father asked the saint, "Why did you not ask my son to give up asking for sweets when we came to you a month ago?" The saint replied, "How could I ask a boy to give up sweets when I loved sweets myself. In the last month I gave up eating sweets."

A person's example is much more powerful than just his words. When we ask someone to do something, we must do it ourselves also. We should not ask others to do what we do not do ourselves. MORAL: Always make sure that your actions and your words are same.

What ‘T’ is a custom handed down                                                                Tradition
What ‘A’ is to connect by joints                                                                       Articulate
What “N’ is opposite of good                                                                           Naughty
What ‘O’ is a list of choices                                                                             Options
What ‘K’ is an irresistible desire to steal                                                          Kleptomaniac
What ‘A’ has someone with the right to expect obedience                              Authority
What ‘P’ is the camera that prints its own pictures                                          Polaroid
What ‘D’ is to put off or postpone                                                                    Defer / Delay
What ‘J’ was a retainer kept to amuse a court                                                Jester
What ‘Q’ is a case for holding arrows                                                              Quiver
What ‘R’ is haphazard or lacking pattern                                                        Random
What ‘E’ is a statement of the expected cost of a job                                    Estimate
What ‘U’ is unpleasing or repulsive to the sight                                             Ugly
What ‘O’ comes before well, skin and paint                                                   Oil
What ‘D’ is a person appointed to act for another                                          Deputy
What ‘N’ is someone who rejects all beliefs as meaningless                         Nihilist
What ‘J’ is to poke roughly                                                                             Jab
What ‘I’ is to throw light on                                                                             Illuminate
What ‘C’ is a channel or conduit carrying water under a road                       Culvert
What ‘R’ is to put right                                                                                    Rectify
What ‘E’ is a small superior group                                                                  Elite
What ‘M’ is a mixture of sand, cement and water                                           Mortar
What ‘T’ is to make gentle or reduce to submission                                       Tame
What ‘U’ is inexplicable                                                                                   Unaccountable



Ø  The words "beef" and "cow" come from the same Indo-European root.

Ø  A billion in America is different from a billion in Great Britain. An American billion is a thousand million (1,000,000,000), but a British billion is a million million (1,000,000,000,000). Most of the other names for large numbers are different in the U.S. and the U.K.

Ø  Until the seventeenth century the word "upset" meant to set up (i.e. erect) something. Now it means the opposite: "to capsize".

Ø  According to the third edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, there are 31 valid words containing no vowels.


Ø  "Dreamt" is the only English word ending in "mt".


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