Category: english

English: what does excise (tax) mean?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor notices a word and finally checks it. An excise is a tax levied on the sale or production of an item. An event has to happen for an excise to be due. Source: Mish, Frederick

English: is spelling relatable?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions a discovery. Typing an article, I keyed relatable, but the checker doesn’t like it. Am I wrong? I found relatable in the dictionary. Curious, eh? Source: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield, Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Homonyms: wurst and worst

Tutoring English, homonyms are always interesting. The tutor mentions the pair wurst and worst. wurst: product prepared from ground meat, such as sausage or meat spread. worst: least successful Source: Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

English: homonyms: clue and clew

Tutoring English, homonyms continue to delight. The tutor mentions a great pair. clew: a metal loop sewn into a sail for fastening. clue: helpful evidence towards solving a mystery. Source: Mish, Frederick C. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

English: homonyms: knead and need

Tutoring English, homonyms are a favourite curiosity. The tutor mentions the pair knead and need. knead: to mash a mix of flour, water, sugar, and yeast into dough ready to rise. need: to require Source: Mish, Frederick C. (editor).The Merriam-Webster

English: vial and phial

Tutoring English, questions can linger for years before the answer is sought. I’ve long heard of phial, but didn’t know for sure. Yet, its meaning matches vial: a small bottle, perhaps for medicine. Source: Gilmour, Lorna, Editor. Collins Essential Canadian

English: approbation

Tutoring English, you might often see words you can’t recall. The tutor mentions approbation. approbation: good feelings, positive response Source: Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

English: concision

Tutoring English, you might encounter a new word anytime. The tutor mentions concision. concision: conciseness Source: Gilmour, Lorna. Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

English: grammar: different than vs different from

Tutoring English, grammar is Queen. The tutor talks about “different from” and “different than.” I recall my mother’s always correcting the combination different than, saying it should instead be different from. Yet, I’ve seen different than in an English textbook.

English: what is kerning?

Tutoring English, new words – especially plain ones – are always interesting. The tutor mentions kerning. kerning: the space between adjacent letters in a word. Source: Carey, Patrick. New Perspectives on HTML, CSS, and Dynamic HTML. Boston: Course Technology, 2013