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Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on the right.

1. penchant

2. avalanche

3. vanguard

4. jeers

5. hedonistic

6. foisting

a. pioneer; leader in a movement or field

Monday, 5 February, 2007, 12:00am

Think about it

1. What should the government do to boost the falling birth rate?

2. How many siblings do you have? Compare the size of your family with that of your grandparents. What are the differences? Can you think of any reasons for those differences?

3. Do you support China's one-child policy? Do you think it is an infringement of human rights?

22 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A Word in Your Shell-like: 6,000 Curious & Everyday Phrases Explained

A Word in Your Shell-like: 6,000 Curious & Everyday Phrases Explained

by Nigel Rees

Collins, $144

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

Beauty queen's lessons in the language of love

Flip open any English-learning textbook and chances are you'll see phrases such as 'How are you', 'The post office is on your first left' and 'You are welcome'. But when one is in a bar and trying to chat up a potential target, these would hardly do the trick.

19 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

You can either 'set out' or 'set off' on a journey. Both are correct. But there are many phrasal verbs using the word 'set' which have different meanings.

Example 1: If you 'set about' doing something, you are determined to succeed.

Example 2: If you 'set aside' something such as time or money, you keep it for a special purpose or use.

5 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

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to rise up

(phrasal verb)

to go upwards

Example: Smoke was rising up on the other side of the hill as the fires spread.



very aggressive or angry. 'Hostile' is the synonym.

Example: There is a fierce dog in my neighbour's house.

to sneeze


8 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

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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



feasibility (n)

the quality of being doable. 'Feasible' is the adjective

Example: The government is studying the feasibility of connecting the networks of CLP and Hongkong Electric. (SCMP, October 18, 2003)

to canvass (v)

22 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

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existing from the time of birth. An innate ability exists solely in the mind, not from experience

Example: The phenomenon of online journals reflects our innate desire to explain ourselves. (Young Post, October 2, 2003)

to manipulate


to manage skilfully to achieve a desired end

21 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

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pleasing to the sense of taste. Delicious, savoury and appetising are synonyms.

Example: The daily market is a lively, colourful and mouth-watering scene. (SCMP, September 16, 2003)

to test out

(phrasal verb)

to test a new idea in order to see whether it works well

13 Oct 2003 - 12:00am