Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Vocab Recap

Just a recap on the vocabulary covered by this blog so far:

Sapodilla, julienne, inauspicious, apathetic, grasp the nettle, culpable, curmudgeon, nascent, xenophobia, supercilious, harangue, fawn, destitute, remorse, contrite, decrepit, ominous, assuage, wan, dissemble, sunny, allay, repudiate, cold, purview, tortuous, curdle, assiduous, loquacious, bereavement, portent, venerate, pliant, egalitarian, enmity, selembu, temerity, complaisant and congratulation.

Not bad for a 9-month effort eh?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,


noun - the expression of praise for an achievement or good wishes on a special occasion

Congratulation is a noun, therefore it is used just like any other nouns.

Example: Do we need to buy a congratulation gift for him?

But if you add an s to congratulation it becomes congratulations. Congratulations, however, is an interjection and is used to express congratulation. So whenever you want to congratulate someone, you say 'congratulations' instead of 'congratulation'.


1. Congratulations!
2. Congratulatons on your graduation!

Allah SWT knows best.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Fish School

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

What is the plural of fish?

Fish or fishes?

Both terms are correct but are used differently.

Fish is used when describing a multiple number of fish of the same type.

I caught 300 fish today.

Fishes is used when we want to indicate different type of fishes.

The fishes you can buy here are salmon and tuna. We rarely have mackerel.

Other nouns(that I know of) that follow this rule are deer and food.

Allah SWT knows best.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

Word of the day: Complaisant

adjective willing to please others or to accept what they do or say without protest

Example from this article:
Bush has been abetted in this power grab by a complaisant GOP Congress and federal courts.

Not word of the day: Complacent

adjective showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements

Never ever be complacent. See what happened to Brazil last Saturday?

Word definitions are from Oxford New Dictionary of English.

Allah SWT knows best.
Disclaimer: I am neither an English native speaker nor a qualified English teacher.