Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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1)A bed of roses : Life is not a bed of roses.( full of difficulties )
2)A cry in the wilderness: The protest against the Sales Tax was a cry in the wilderness(useless cry ).
3)At arm’s length : I keep my wicked neighbour at arms length (at a sufficient distance).
4)At daggers drawn : Tom and Harry are always at daggers drawn (openly inimical )
5)At one’s wit’s end : I was at my wit’s end ( completely puzzled)when I heard of the failure of my bank.

What exactly is accent ?
Where does our accent come from?
Is my accent wrong?

Comparing Articles : 1)Orange -  Apple  2)Car  -  Bus  3)King  -  President  4)Newspaper - Magazine  5)Cow - Sheep

Joke : There was a preacher who was trying to sell his horse. A man stopped by to see how the horse rode. The preacher told the man that instead of saying, “walk", say, “praise the Lord,” and instead of saying, “whoa,” say, “amen.” So the man got on the horse and said, “praise the Lord,” and the horse started to walk. The man then said, “praise the Lord,” again and the horse started to trot. He said it a few more times, then the horse started galloping. Suddenly a cliff appeared. The man yelled "Whoa!". The horse didn't stop. He tried yelling al sorts of things, and he tried to pull the horse up, but it wouldn't stop. Then suddenly he remembered what to say. The man said, “amen.” The horse stopped right before they fell off. The man was so releived that he put his hand on his forehead and then said, ”Praise the Lord.”

to be like peas in a pod
If two people are like peas in a pod then they are very alike. They might look like each other(as with identical twins) or just behave like each other.
Peas are very small green vegetables. They grow in pods - each pod contains a few peas which are identical. That's where the idiom originates from.

to be out of the question
If 'something' is out of the question then there is no chance of the 'something' happening or being done. It won't even be considered (to consider something means to think about it).
For example, if you're looking at computers in a shop and ask for a discount (that means, to pay less than the normal price) the salesperson might say, "I'm sorry, but a discount is out of the question." That means that they don't give discounts at all. Their prices are fixed.

to bite off more than you can chew
If you bite off more than you can chew then you do something (or agree to do something) that is bigger or harder than you can manage.
You can use the idiom to refer to yourself: "I've got too much work to do. I think I bit off more than I could chew when I agreed to do this project."
Or you can use it to refer to others:
"David has agreed to manage the Paris office in addition to the Vienna office. I think he's biting off more than he can chew. It's just too much work for one person."

Test  your  knowledge
1)    What is the word that qualifies a verb called ? Adverb
2)    How can we describe a writing which can be easily read ? Legible
3)    What is a group of robbers called ? Gang/Band
4)    What is the home of a horse called ? Stable
5)    What is a group of flowers called – Bouquet or bunch ? Bouquet
6)    The baby of the deer is called ---- Fawn
7)    What do we call a person who betrays his or her own country? Traitor
8)    What sound does a boot make while we walk - creak or rumble ? Creak
9)    What is the unit of measure equal to 12 inches called ? A Foot
10) What is the young one of an elephant called ? Calf

Identify the pairs of homophones from the following clues.
1) One word means an occasion; the other is a herb: time/thyme.
2) One word means to hit; the other is a vegetable: beat/beet.
3)One word means permitted; the other means audible: allowed/aloud.
4)One word is a singer; the other is a sum of money. tenor/tenner.
5)One word is an animal; the other is an undercover fighter: gorilla/guerrilla.

1) What shape is a football? A football is a sphere or spherical in shape.     
 a sphere       a cube            a pyramid       a cone                                    
2)’The Pentagon’ is the US defence building in Washington, but how many sides does the building have? 
3          4          5          6          (The prefix ‘penta’ means the number 5)                       
3)Inside a square there are 4 ____ angles. right                       wrong
(A 90 degree angle is called a right angle.)                                
4)Which of the following shapes has three sides?        
 Triangle       circle   square            rectangle                               
(‘Tri’ means three, think of ‘tricycle’ - a bicycle with 3 wheels.)
5)What do we call the line from the centre to the edge of a circle?     
 Circumference        diameter         radius                        line                 
(The radius is a line going from the centre of a circle to the edge.)
6)In many games we throw a dice (a six sided object), but what shape is it?            
 a cube          a sphere        square            a pyramid                               
(A cube is a 3-dimensional 6 sided object - think of a sugar cube.)
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