When there is no electricity, we use the word ‘blackout’. Is there a word to describe a situation when the voltage is low?

Low voltage is a common problem in India — especially during the summer months. When this happens, the tube lights keep flickering, and some of the other bulbs burn rather dimly. The Americans have a term for this dip in voltage — they call it ‘brownout’. Arun never uses any of his electrical appliances during …

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Use Them Correctly: “Pin drop silence” , “washed-up ” , “Feedback” and “Laughing all the way to the bank”

“The writer has nice things to say about your company’s cultural programme.” “That’s to be expected, I guess. He was our former employee.” “Really? He says there was pin drop silence when the CEO’s wife sang. Is that true?” “Of course, not! People were chatting away. By the way, the expression ‘pin drop silence’ is …

Kryptonite

People who have read the comic books or watched the movies featuring the exploits of Superman know that he was born on Krypton. When the planet exploded, kryptonite or the radioactive material from it, was hurled into space. Superman’s enemies discovered that kryptonite was the only thing that could be used to either hurt or …

What is the difference between might and may?

May and might have the same meaning when used as a modal (or helping verb.)   Examples:  She may go shopping.  She might go shopping.  The only difference is may is slightly more formal to some people.  Many people use might more often in speaking and may more often in writing.  But they can change depending on the person and their mood. Remember, though, may is also used …

Throw You Under the Bus

This is an expression frequently used in American English in informal contexts. When you throw your friend under the bus, you betray him; in order to save yourself from the trouble you are in, you sacrifice him. Be careful. Rajiv will throw you under the bus when you stop being useful to him. The media …

CRAMMING FOR THE EXAMS?

During exams you are permitted to look down for inspiration and up in exasperation, but you are not permitted to look side to side for information. “What are you doing here? I thought you would be cramming for tomorrow’s exam.” “Cramming? Does it mean the same as studying?” “When you ‘cram for’ a test, you …

MOXIE

[ˈmɒksi] Meaning- The word is mostly used in informal contexts to mean determined. A person with moxie is a fighter; he does not give up easily - no matter how often he is knocked down, he gets up. He is courageous in adversity. Examples-   1. Suraj showed a lot of moxie when he questioned some …

RECALCITRANT

Recalcitrant [ rɪˈkalsɪtr(ə)nt ] = अड़ियल In Latin , 'Re' means 'back' and 'calcitrare' means 'to kick' So the word Recalcitrate means 'to kick back' . Now a days we're using the word RECALCITRANT to refer to a person who is difficult to handle or deal with . The individual does not like to be …

‘dime a dozen’

This is an expression that is mostly used in informal contexts. When we say something is 'dime a dozen' , It means It is very uncommon ; It is abundant , and is of very little value. Background- In U.S. a 'dime' is a ten-cent coin. If you can buy a dozen items for ten-cent, …