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The English Corner 11 October 2018

Posted Date : 11-Oct-2018



Economics Terminology  
Interest rates - The price paid for borrowing money for a period of time, usually expressed as a percentage of the principal per year.  
Specialists - People who produce a narrower range of goods and services than they consume (also called specialized workers).  

Vocabulary
waver - (v.) to move to and fro, become unsteady ; to show lack of firmness or decision
Synonyms: hesitate, falter
Antonyms: stand 

A Guide to Inventions and Discoveries

Thermodynamics: (first law: energy cannot be created or destroyed, only converted from one form to another) Julius von Mayer, Germany, 1842; James Joule, England, 1843; (second law: heat cannot of itself pass from a colder to a warmer body) Rudolph Clausius, Germany, 1850; (third law: the entropy of ordered solids reaches zero at the absolute zero of temperature)Walter Nernst, Germany, 1918.

Tongue Twister
 Double bubble gum doubles bubbles.
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

PROVERBS

proverb - is a saying that makes a truth or piece of wisdom easier to remember e.g. a stitch in time saves nine 
he who lives by the sword dies by the sword
 people who commit violent acts will encounter violence themselves The young man was involved in selling illegal drugs and he was found murdered. Sadly, he who lives by the sword dies by the sword. 
it is darkest before the dawn
 the worst or most dangerous situation will occur just before a problem is resolved The econo ic situation was terrible and just as it is darkest before the dawn things became worse before they began to improve. 
let the buyer beware
 the buyer of something is responsible to research the quality of the purchase before buying it (this expression is from the Latin - caveat emptor) The idea to let the buyer beware is important when you buy something. 

Buzz Words
Recently-coined new words in English,  terms and expressions with their meaning. 
Smirt : Blend of 'smoke' and 'flirt' Smoking prohibition laws have led to a new sort of social pastime : 'smirting', smokers getting to know each other when outside on the pavement.
Sitcom : Blend of 'situation' and 'comedy'. A drama, on television, based on humorous everyday situations.




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