The English Corner 20 December

Posted Date : 20-Dec-2017

kick yourself

If you feel like kicking yourself, you are angry with yourself for something you have or have not done.
I could have kicked myself for forgetting Emily's birthday.
laugh off
When you laugh about something that has upset or hurt you, to make it seem less important or to try to show that you do not care, you laugh it off.
She overheard her colleague's critical remark, but she laughed it off.
make no bones about something
If you make no bones about something, you don't hesitate to say something in a frank and open way.
I made no bones about it.   I told him his offer was unacceptable.
name is mud
To say that a person's name is mud means that they have acquired a bad reputation because of something they have done or said.
"The mayor's name is mud now after the revelations in the newspaper."

Tongue Twister
Real rock wall, real rock wall, real rock wall.
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

Common Mistakes and 
Confusing Words in English

stick/ sticker
Stick is a verb or a noun.
As a noun it usually describes a thin piece of wood that has fallen or been cut from a tree.
For example: Walk softly and carry a big stick.
As a verb it can mean to push a sharp or pointed object into or through (something), or to fasten or cause to adhere something to something else.
For example: Our boss often sticks notes onto the notice board.
Sticker as a noun is used to describe an adhesive label or notice, generally printed or illustrated.
For example: A lot of children collect stickers printed with cartoon characters that they keep in a sticker book.
So, I guess you can stick a sticker on a stick.

 Phrasal Verbs
A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb. Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order with their meaning and an example of use.
tear up- Rip into pieces     
Tear up the boxes before you put them in the bin.
wear out- 1) Become unusable, 2) Become very tired    
1) Julie wore out her shoes sightseeing. 2) At the end of the day Julie was worn out.

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