Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Word for the day is: Fawn

verb [no obj.] (of a person) give a servile display of exaggerated flattery or affection, typically in order to gain favour or advantage.

e.g. As soon as they realised that Wahab is a Dato', they began to fawn over him unashamedly.

Author's note: I think 'to fawn' is 'bodek' in Malay. I am not sure though.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Word for the day is: Harangue

noun a lengthy and aggressive speech.
e.g. His long harangue was punctuated with emotions that were meant to tug at the voters’ heartstrings.

verb [with obj.] lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner
e.g. I was harangued by my lecturer for being too stupid for his class.

Monday, November 28, 2005


Word for the day is: supercilious

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary of English

adjective behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others

Malaysians are not racists, they just do not like supercilious people.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


Word for the day is: Xenophobia

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary of English

noun - intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

A british columnist living in Malaysia claims that there is a wide and ugly sense of racism and xenophobia amongst Malaysians. If he actually stops looking down on them maybe he would see things differently.

noun- someone who is suffering from xenophobia

Saturday, November 26, 2005


Word for the day is: Nascent

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary of English:

adjective - (especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.

Mr Cohen has reportedly raised $8.75m in financing to turn the BitTorrent technology and the associated website into a commercial download service. The deal is widely seen as giving that nascent service official approval.

Week 1

Words learnt last week:

sapodilla, julienne, inauspicious, apathetic, grasp the nettle, culpable, curmudgeon

Friday, November 25, 2005


Word for the day is: Curmudgeon

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary

noun a bad-tempered or surly person

Even the greatest curmudgeon can't deny the brief thrill on opening the bedroom curtains and seeing the drabness of a British winter transformed into a pearly whiteness.

Thursday, November 24, 2005


Word for the day is: Culpable

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary:

adjective - deserving blame

Liverpool missed a catalogue of chances with both strikers Peter Crouch and Fernando Morientes culpable.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Grasp the nettle

Idiom for the day: Grasp the nettle

Taken from The Oxford New English Dictionary:

idiom to tackle a difficulty boldly.

A nettle stings when touched lightly, but not when grasped firmly.

The government must grasp the nettle and make some tough decisions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Word for the day is: apathetic

adjective - showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern

Originated from the noun apathy; lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern

Pompey's apathetic display lent weight to the adage that a team always loses after its boss is named manager of the month.

Monday, November 21, 2005


Word for the day is: Inauspicious

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary:
adjective not auspicious; not conducive to success, unpromising

In what could be termed an inauspicious start to their World Cup campaign, Togo finished bottom place in a four-nation tournament in Tehran on Sunday.

Sunday, November 20, 2005


Word for the day would be: Julienne

Taken from

noun Consommé or broth garnished with long thin strips of vegetables.

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary:

noun a portion of food cut into short, thin strips

Example: a julienne of vegetables

verb [with obj.] cut (food) into short, thin strips.

Example: Could you julienne the carrot for me? I need it julienned for the coleslaw.

adjective - julienned


Word for the day would be: Sapodilla.

Taken from The New Oxford Dictionary of English:

noun a large evergreen tropical American tree which has edible fruit and hard durable wood and yields chicle.

Example of usage:
- The weird malaysian student asked me to give you this fruit. I think its a sapodilla.

Malay word for Sapodilla: Buah Ciku.

Disclaimer: I am neither an English native speaker nor a qualified English teacher.