Word Power

Match the correct meaning

1 blizzards

2 undermines

3 undaunted

4 turnabout

5 debunk

a complete change in opinion, attitude or method

Wednesday, 5 March, 2008, 12:00am

Speaking in tongues

A woman solicitously asks a sobbing child: 'Why you are crying?' When I overhear this at an airport departure gate, I immediately know that the woman is a Filipina. You see, there are several ways of using English: the right way, the wrong way - and the Filipino way.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

(1) The government says Ethiopia should stop leaning on other nations or risk being seen as Africa's perpetual begging bowl.

(2) ... some fields are now green with plump cabbages, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes as farmers try their hand at cultivating vegetables.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Lunch with Eva Lam

Read about Eva Lam. Each line has a mistake - a grammatical error, a missing word or an extra word. Try to correct the errors. Have you seen anyone like Eva Lam?

1. Today Eva Lam is meeting her old friends in

2. Mandarin for lunch. Marion can't be without

3. them today because she's in the New York seeing

7 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

'We're so used to hearing it referred to as 9-11, we didn't even realise it was September 11th,' she says.

'Used to' means 'accustomed to', 'in the habit of', that you are familiar with something because of experience. Here are the two ways of using 'used to':

13 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Give me five

to haggle


to bargain or wrangle. 'Haggling' is the gerund - a noun formed from a verb

Example: They reached agreement after weeks of haggling over the project fee. (SCMP, August 6, 2003)

to serve up

(phrasal verb)

27 Oct 2003 - 12:00am