French fries vs. freedom fries

2006-08-03 15:07

French fries (potato slices fried in ostensibly French style) are back on the menu of cafeterias that cater to US lawmakers on Capital Hill...

Take the time and do it

2006-07-31 16:43

I am crazy about English, spending 5-6 hours a day on my English study. But my weakness is spoken English.

One and done?

2006-07-27 16:31

This column is, unofficially at present, a vocabulary builder for the advanced learner, a social/lingual commentary via examination of words in the news.

Are we dumbing down?

2006-07-24 16:51

In this sentence - "Our society and our literature and our culture are being dumbed down, and the causes are very complex" - what does "dumned down" mean?

Leap of faith

2006-07-20 15:42

In this sentence - "What I tell my clients is you just need to have a leap of faith in trusting the professionals" - what is a leap of faith? And, what does that sentence mean?

Iraq has a ways to go

2006-07-17 16:28

"Are both these sentences - 'He has a long way to go" and 'he has a ways to go' - correct English?"

It's my fault - a lesson from penguins

2006-07-13 17:09

Today, let's further examine the moral of Portia Nelson's autobiography in five short chapters (continued from Monday's column).

Power of language

2006-07-10 16:07

This article is inspired from a web chat with Li, from Beijing, who has lately been "thinking deeply about the power of language."

Give them an inch...

2006-07-06 15:41

Putting a Chinese idiom into English gives translators a lot of headaches.

Mingming, a giant prospect

2006-07-03 15:44

Scouts from the NBA describe the 2.36-meter Sun Mingming from China as a "giant prospect". Please tell me more about the word "prospect", is it the same as "hope".

What's your alibi?

2006-06-29 16:23

In the intro to this story (Did Humans Cause Extinction of the Alaskan Horse? New Scientist, May 2, 2006) - A statistical evaluation of fossil findings suggests the Alaskan species may have vanished later than thought, meaning humans have no alibi.

Pollyanna thinking

2006-06-26 16:42

Miami Heat Coach Pat Riley, who had just led the team to their first NBA championship in franchise history, was asked Friday (June 23, 2006) whether he would keep his 15-man team intact.



Raymond Zhou

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