Acronyms are abbreviations created from the first letters of words and are themselves pronounced as words. This differentiates them from Initialism which are pronounced letter by letter (e.g. BBC). Acronyms were established in 1940 and gained popularity in the 21st century.
First of all - what are idioms? Idioms are established groups of words carrying certain meanings which differ from the literal translation. In other words, a native speaker often doesn´t even refer to them as idioms, because they come to him/her naturally. It is only while learning English as a second language that idioms create quite a confusion in one´s head. When you closely look at them, you can discover their funny meaning.
One gets a little wary when one hears the words ‘figuratively speaking’. The dictionary says, a metaphor “is a figure of speech in which a word or a phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable”. Well, given the latitude of ‘not literally applicable’ some of the figuratively speaking words can be a bit of a stretch.
The other day I was explaining about the „good knight“. The observant ones already see where I‘m headed. While on paper it doesn't show, orally it creates a confusion and is mistaken for „good night“. Homophones are tricky words that sound the same while spelled differently. Today, in our language article, we check out the most common homophones.
Grammar is generally not the most popular subject under the sun, regardless of the language or the place. The nuances range from insignificant mistakes to serious errors that can even completely change the meaning of a statement. And this is where the fun begins. Where do people make the most mistakes in English grammar? Check it out.
One day you are an average person and suddenly, the very next day, your name becomes an item in a dictionary. An Eponym is a person after whom an invention, phenomenon, or discovery is named. Many Eponyms have become brand names, while many have come from books. Many historical eponyms are also based on mythological or religous persons. Today we look at the origins of the most famous eponyms, the ones that are used on a daily basis.
"Awfully pretty","virtual reality" and the "only choice"... these are a few examples of the daily use of oxymorons – rhetorical phrases with self-contradictory meanings. Some of them have been fully integrated into daily life. Do you use oxymorons often? Check out our gallery.
Encountering a word that contradicts its own meaning can be a challenge to understanding. Nevertheless, such words exist, and are called contronyms, and their opposite meaning depends on the context of the sentence. On the other hand, many of them are well known and commonly used in both ways. How this works in practice will be found in this article.
Words or sentences that read the same backwards and forwards have been a popular pastime since ancient times. One of the oldest ones dates back to 79 AD. Given their highly visible occurence across today’s internet, Palindromes don't seem to be fading away. While some are practically usable, others sound more like disconnected statements from another world.
Pronunciation challenges don’t just come in the form of specially created tongue twisters. There are names around the world that are everyday challenges for all the people who use them, whether it is the first name, city name or the train station. Visit these with us and see some of the longest names in the world.