Onomatopoeia

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Don't sting Arthur

Arthur Askey was a tiny British comedian born in 1900. He always wore thick black-rimmed glasses and usually appeared in a smart suit with his hair in a neat parting.

Tuesday, 7 June, 2011, 12:00am

It takes half an hour to go barking mad - judge

Most people find dogs barking an annoyance. But how long does a dog have to bark before its owner falls foul of the law?

A High Court judge yesterday gave a helpful answer - 30 minutes or more.

If the barking is kept to 10 minutes, the owner is not liable, Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun of the Court of First Instance ruled.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Bring on the bling!

'Bling' is a new word that has quickly become widely understood and used in modern English. It can be both an adjective and a noun. 'Bling' originally described jewellery that attracted attention because it was big, expensive and flashy. If you wore a 'bling' watch, you wanted everybody to look at it and think you were rich.

10 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Books can give the inside story on what makes your companion tick

Getting to know your pet over the years is part of the joy of owning one. But for owners who want to find out more there are plenty of books to help you figure out what makes your pet tick. Here is a quick pick of some titles you can find in Hong Kong.

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

Anyone thinking of getting a pet should give serious consideration to adopting one. By doing so, you don't just save one life - you save the animal, you free up a cage at the animal shelter for another unfortunate animal and you help decrease the demand driving the pet-shop trade. A great win-win scenario for owners and animals.

10 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Jockey Club gets racy with a 'fancy dress' contest for women

For anyone who has experienced a Wednesday night at the races at Happy Valley, there's a sense of excitement as the horses race around a track that has been there for more than 100 years. But for the Jockey Club, this betting extravaganza is not enough.

3 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Talkback

Should private estates allow the keeping of pets?

In October, Deputy Judge Charles Wong Tuk-ching made a landmark judgment, ruling in support of keeping dogs in flats ('Pet lovers notch win for dogs at home', October 1). He said that 'keeping a pet in one's premises is within the rights and privilege of the owner/occupant in enjoying his premises'.

3 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hip hop party used to launch cute, but not exactly bling-bling, object of driving desire

In the pantheon of Italian motors, the Fiat 500 doesn't exactly rank among Ferraris and Lamborghinis, but its makers are banking on a cute makeover. The vehicle, recently named European Car of the Year, was launched in the city on Friday night with - of all things - a hip hop party at its Kowloon Bay dealer's showroom.

4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Give a dog a bad name

Why would anyone want to give a dog a bad name? Let's look at dog idioms.

Doggy words

What do the following doggy words mean?

1 a guide dog (n)

a. a dog trained to hunt other animals

b. a dog specially trained to help a blind person

2 dog-eared (adj)

15 May 2008 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: Ethics

Vets face difficult decisions all the time, especially ones involving ethical issues. I don't mean professional ethics, which are pretty straightforward, but decisions of life and death and animal treatment that can be ethically dubious.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Bow wow to you, too

I'm learning Japanese. It's so that I can get more out of my holidays in Japan and ... so that I can finally understand what my dogs are trying to say.

5 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Devices for sound effects

Like composers, poets play with words to create sound effects in their poems. They try to bring out the music in words so that their poems are pleasing to the ear. You, too, can add sound effects to your poems by using devices such as rhyme, rhythm, repetition and onomatopoeias.

Rhyme

20 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

Onomatopoeia (ona-mata-pee-a) is when a word sounds a bit like the thing a person is talking about. Can you choose the correct word to complete these sentences?

1. We heard a loud (click/screech) of brakes as the car came round the corner.

2. All I could hear was the (tick/roar) of the old clock in the corner.

12 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Canine communicator falls on deaf ears at SPCA

Dog-lovers would be barking up the wrong tree if they bought an electronic gadget that supposedly allows them to 'talk' to their pets, an animal welfare group says.

Owners should not have to rely on technology to know what was on their pet's minds, according to the Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

5 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Discovery Bay dogs cause concern

Discovery Bay has always enjoyed a reputation of being a peaceful and safe place to live. It has also claimed to have a clean environment. Unfortunately this is increasingly inaccurate. The problem is that Hong Kong Resort have decided to adopt a policy of allowing unlimited dog ownership.

18 May 2000 - 12:00am

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