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The word muggle, of Harry Potter fame, meaning ‘a person who possesses no magical skills and abilities,’ is now an accepted word in the Oxford dictionaries, referring to a person who is not conversant with a particular skill. Example: She is a total muggle. No background in acting, no experience, no skills.

‘historic’ and ‘historical’

Historic is used especially for historically important places, remains, customs etc, and for moments which ‘make history.’ Example: The two countries are about to make a historic agreement.’ Or ‘It was a historic win for Spain.’ Historical means connected to the study of history or really existing in history.  Example: I like to read historical … Continue reading

‘still not’ and ‘not yet’

When we use still not, there’s a sense of looking back to the past. But not yet has the sense of looking toward the future. Example: She still hasn’t got a job. (looking back: she hasn’t had a job since January and the situation is continuing.) She hasn’t got a job yet. (looking forward: she … Continue reading

‘especially’ or ‘specially’?

Especially and specially can often both be used with the same meaning. However, here are some points that you can note about it: 1. ‘especially’ is often used to mean ‘above all.’ Example: I like all kinds of sweets, especially gulabjamun. 2. ‘especially’ follows a subject. Example: We all like music. My mother, especially, is … Continue reading

‘ethics’ ‘moral’ ‘immoral’ and ‘amoral’

Often, the words ethics and morals are considered synonymous. But here’s the difference: Morals are beliefs based on practices or teachings regarding how people conduct themselves in personal relationships and in society, while ethics refers to a set or system of principles, or a philosophy or theory behind them. So morals are the tools by … Continue reading

‘between’ or ‘among’?

It is generally known that between is used for a choice that involves two distinct options, and among for choices that involve more than two items. For example, ‘You need to choose between working on weekends and working on evenings’ and ‘She distributed the toys among the children.’ But matters are not always as simple. … Continue reading

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