Expand your vocabulary

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, 12:00am

Do you know the difference between 'board' and 'broad'?

board (n) - a group of people who make decisions in an organisation/company

(v) - When you are on board something, you are usually travelling on a bus, ship, train or an aeroplane.

broad (adj) - widely spread or extensive

The word can also mean wide (as in a wide road)

Samuel Lai wrote to the board of directors saying he could not work with KCRC chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun. Whatever may have been the problem with Mr Tien's leadership style, he seemed to have done the right thing, tendering his resignation to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen so as not to cause a greater rift.

From an article by Christine Loh, published in the Post on March 23, 2006

They seem to have an ally in Republican Congressman Chris Shays, who chaired last week's hearing. 'I intend to continue my investigation into cruise-ship safety and to offer legislation that will require more accurate, more public reporting and disclosure of crimes on board cruise ships,' he said. 'Passengers have a right to know the safety record of ships they board.'

From an article by Richard Luscombe, published in the Post on March 19, 2006

Members of the security council have grappled with the nuclear issue for a week, since the board of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, sent a report on Iran to the council. The board said it lacked confidence in Tehran's nuclear intentions and accused Iran of violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

From an article by Associated Press, published in the Post on March 18, 2006

'Few things could have done more damage to the 2006 PC market than the slip of Windows Vista,' said Rob Enderle, president of researcher Enderle Group. 'This will have an adverse impact on a broad cross-section of components and platform PC suppliers.'

From an article by Bloomberg, published in the Post on March 23, 2006

With its distinctive, coloured emblem and catchphrase 'the civic spirit', the Civic Party aspires to enjoy broad support. The emblem uses green, white and violet - the colours employed in the fight for women's voting rights in Britain. The party also hopes the colours will become the symbol for the prolonged battle for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

From an article by Jimmy Cheung, published in the Post on March 20, 2006

It is important to look at the widest range of options while designing a project and, therefore, bring others into the thinking process. You could also conduct research or a pilot study to define needs more clearly. The next stage is planning. Start by looking at the broad objectives and then break these down systematically until you have an outline of the key activities needed to meet specific milestones. Assign a person to take responsibility for each item and set deadlines.

From an article by Rachel Autherson, published in the Post on March 18, 2006

Fill in the blanks with the correct word: board or broad.

1. The ___________ is likely to meet tomorrow to discuss Mr Chan's dismissal.

2. John is six feet tall, with ____________ shoulders and a nice smile.

3. Mary has a __________ range of interests, but school work always comes first.

4. The boutique offers a ___________ variety of ready-to-wear fashion for career women.

5. A plane with 200 people on ___________ crashed into the sea last night.

6. The ______________ will decide who is going to be the chairman of the company later this month.

Answer: 1. board 2. broad 3. broad 4. broad 5. board 6. board


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