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Helpful tips on tricky words

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2006, 12:00am

Do you know the difference between 'disguise' and 'disgust'?


disguise (v) - change the way you look


If you disguise yourself, you have changed your appearance, usually by using makeup and wearing different clothes or a wig.


(n) If something is a blessing or curse in disguise, it seems unpleasant at first but leads to something positive later.


disgust (n) - a strong feeling of dislike


When you show your disgust, you demonstrate your dislike for somebody/something.


The man, who had allegedly been selling bags, abandoned his goods and fled when two hygiene officers wearing windbreakers to disguise their identity approached him and a female hawker. A male pedestrian said the hawker dashed into the road and was thrown into the air when he was struck by the truck.


From an article by a Staff Reporter, published in the Post on March 30, 2006


The rejection of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's reform package by legislative councillors last December was a setback for Hong Kong. But it can also be viewed as a blessing in disguise, because it gives the government more time to focus on strengthening Hong Kong's economy and other social issues.


From an article by Henry Cheng, published in the Post on March 28, 2006


It is highly possible we will lose control of the fight against bird flu in such a large continent. As residents of a wealthy city, we have a duty to help those who are too poor to properly fight the threat. We have to raise funds for those poor countries, to allow them to stockpile vaccines. If the bird flu is a curse in disguise, the whole world will be blessed if we can co-operate in fighting it.


From a letter by Chan Po-lo, published in the Post on March 8, 2006


After more than two months of delays and controversy, Haiti is lurching towards the first round of presidential and congressional polls. Among Haiti's poor, opinions range from disgust with the entire political system to hopes that an electoral triumph by former president Rene Preval, the clear frontrunner in the presidential race, can turn the country around.


From an article by Reed Lindsay, published in the Post on February 7, 2006


Is Australia a racist country? Ask Ali Saleh and he says it depends on where he finds himself. 'If I'm around here, then everything's fine,' the 21-year-old said, surveying the sun-baked streets of Lakemba, a Sydney suburb with a large population of Middle Eastern origin. 'But if I go to the city centre or other parts of Sydney, people look at me as if to say 'what the hell are you doing here?' It's a look of disgust, as if they're saying 'get out of here'.'


From an article by Nick Squires, published in the Post on January 24, 2006


Anti-WTO protesters have shown their disgust by displaying behaviour I have not seen in my 38 years in Hong Kong. They should have taken a cue from pro-democracy marchers in Hong Kong on December 4, and on July 1, 2003. They proved that orderly and non-violent behaviour can convey the message to even the powerful mainland.


From an article by A. L. Nanik, published in the Post on December 16, 2005


Fill in the blanks with the correct word: disguise or disgust. You may need to change their tense.


1. The man wore a mask to ___________ himself during the robbery.


2. Mary walked out of the meeting in _____________ at the proposed managerial changes.


3. Rising fuel prices could be a blessing in ___________ as the government seeks to reduce energy consumption.


4. Many parents are __________ by the amount of violence on TV.


5. Ms Chan wears thick makeup to ___________ the scar on her face.


6. Friends are ____________ by Peter's habit of throwing rubbish on the street.


Answers: 1. disguise 2. disgust 3. disguise 4. disgusted 5. disguise 6. disgusted


The man, who had allegedly been selling bags, abandoned his goods and fled when two hygiene officers wearing windbreakers to disguise their identity approached him and a female hawker. A male pedestrian said the hawker dashed into the road and was thrown into the air when he was struck by the truck.


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