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shoulder surfer

shoulder surfer: One who watches another person do something (such as use a computer or ATM or fill out a form) to obtain private information. See how it has been used here: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/s/shousurf.htm

When to use ‘besides’, ‘except’ and ‘apart from’

The words besides, except and apart from are sometimes confused. Here’s a note on how to use each of these properly: ‘besides’ usually adds; it is like saying ‘with’ or ‘plus.’ Example: Besides English and French, he can also speak Spanish. [He speaks three languages] ‘except’ substracts; it is like saying ‘without’ or ‘minus.’ Example: … Continue reading

words to express anger

To mean ‘a little angry’: I. Words to express anger: mad (+at/+about) Our new teacher got mad when she realized that none of us have finished our homework. Little Robin was mad at his mother for being put to bed when his other siblings were still playing. I don’t know what he is mad about. … Continue reading

a slip of thumb

A slip of the thumb: A slip of the thumb is an unintentional mistake made while texting or e-mailing from a hand held device, resulting in embarrassing or funny consequence. You could either send the text or e-mail to the wrong person because of a slip of the thumb or may have mistakes in spellings … Continue reading

troll

Troll: One meaning of troll is of course, the monster who lives under a bridge and eats goats. J But here’s the new meaning, in the context of the Internet. It’s an Internet slang. A troll is one who deliberately makes provocative comments on virtual message boards with the intention of causing maximum disruption and … Continue reading

going viral

going viral: An audio/video clip, an image, or a webpage that gains rapid popularity by being shared repeatedly by many users on the Internet is described as going viral. Viral videos are usually some comic clips, or songs/performances with a hook. At times, even video clips of some gaffe by politicians or celebrities go viral. … Continue reading

ecotistical

ecotistical: eco-friendly Businesses and products that are environmentally aware and actively advertise their green credentials are ecotistical. See how it is used in this article on a ecotistical coffee shop that relentlessly advertises its eco-friendliness. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/apr/04/downwithecotisticalsandwich And here’s a link to products that describe themselves as ecotistical: http://www.trendhunter.com/protrends/ecotistical-toys-teaching-the-next-generation-about-sustainability-one-toy-

How do you make requests sound polite?

To make requests sound polite and non-imposing, we commonly use modals like ‘could’ or ‘would’, and put the requests in question forms. Could you …………………………, please? Could you possibly …………………………? I wonder if you could …………………………………………….. You couldn’t ………………………………………………………., could you? Do you mind …………………………………………………………? I’m hoping you can ………………………………………………………… If you don’t mind, could … Continue reading

Blamestorming

Blamestorming: Blame + brainstorming Blame storming is a method of collectively finding someone to blame for a goof up for which no one is willing to confess to.  Unlike brainstorming, which allows you to generate ideas and solve a problem, blamestorming has more to do with office politics and public relations than problem solving. It’s … Continue reading

Going commandtoe

Going commandtoe: Wearing shoes without socks. Shoes, mind it! Not open toed sandals or flipflops with which socks are not to be worn anyways. You go commandtoe either because it’s hot and you want to air your toes or because you’re just lazy! 😛

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