Word of the Day – 5/11/14


WORD OF THE DAY


PERPLEX(Verb)
/pəˈplɛks/

Meaning:
To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
To make confusedly intricate; complicate.

Usage:
Questions about the meaning of life have always perplexed humankind.
Her strange response perplexed me.
Their goal is not to perplex, but to amuse and excite.

Pronunciationhttp://www.macmillandictionary.com/pronunciation/british/perplex


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


BE TOO CLEVER BY HALF

Meaning:
To be too confident of your own intelligence in a way that annoys other people.
(Of a person) annoyingly proud of their intelligence or skill, and liable to overreach themselves.

Usage:
At school he had a reputation for arrogance. ‘Too clever by half’ was how one former teacher described him.
She was too clever by half – always correcting the teacher or coming back with a smart answer.

Word of the Day – 28/10/14


WORD OF THE DAY


REPUDIATE(Verb)
/rɪˈpjuːdɪeɪt/

Meaning:
To refuse to accept or support (something).
To reject (something or someone).
To say or show that (something) is not true.

Usage:
He has publicly repudiated the government’s policies.
He published an article that repudiates the study’s claims.
The minister repudiated allegations of human rights abuses.
She has repudiated policies associated with previous party leaders.

Pronunciation http://www.macmillandictionary.com/pronunciation/british/repudiate


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


TAKE THE EDGE OFF

Meaning:
To reduce the effect of something, usually something unpleasant.

Usage:
Have an apple – it’ll take the edge off your hunger for a while
His apology took the edge off her anger.
Her comments were quite cruel, and nothing could be said to take the edge off of them.
Ceiling fans can take the edge off summer heat.

Engineer’s Day in India

Sir MV

September 15 is celebrated every year in India as Engineer’s Day to commemorate the birthday of the legendary engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1860-1962).

Internationally recognised for his genius in harnessing water resources, he was responsible for successful design and construction of several river dams, bridges and implementing irrigation and drinking water schemes all over India.

He served as the dewan of Mysore State and was considered to be the architect of the all-round development of Karnataka.

Among his most successful projects are the design and construction of the K.R. Sagar dam and its adjoining Brindavan Gardens, turn-around of the Bhadravati Iron and Steel Works, setting up of the Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory.

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya KCIE (popularly known as Sir MV; born on 15 September 1860 was a notable Indian engineer, thus it is celebrated on this day. “Making Indian Engineering World-class” is theme of Engineers Day 2014