The English Corner 14 September 2018

Posted Date : 14-Sep-2018

Economics Terminology  
Human resources - The quantity and quality of human effort directed toward producing goods and services (also called labor). 
Incentives - Factors that motivate and influence the behavior of households and businesses.  Prices, profits, and losses act as incentives for participants to take action in a market economy. 
Loss - Business situation in which total cost of production exceeds total revenue; negative profit. 

An idiom a day, keeps  confusion away

Break the ice
When you break the ice, you get over any initial embarrassment or shyness when you meet someone for the first time and start conversing.
Bright as a button
A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
Couch potato
A couch potato is an extremely idle or lazy person who chooses to spend most of their leisure time horizontal in front of the TV and eats a diet that is mainly junk food.
Could eat a horse
If you are very hungry, you could eat a horse.
Down in the doldrums
If somebody's down in the doldrums, they are depressed and lacking energy.

Buzz Words
Recently-coined new words in English,  terms and expressions with their meaning. 
Guesstimate : Blend of 'guess' and 'estimate'. A rough estimate without any claim of accuracy.
Netiquette : Blend of 'network' and 'etiquette'. Set of rules governing appropriate behaviour and courtesy on the internet.

A Guide to Inventions and Discoveries
Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud, Austria, c.1904.
Pulsars: Antony Hewish and Jocelyn Bell Burnel, England, 1967.
Teflon: DuPont, U.S., 1943.

Tongue Twister
Twenty tongue tying tongue twisters to twist your tongue a ton.
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

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