WORD POWER

15 Jul

 

  1. Dogsbody = Someone who is forced to do all the jobs that no one else wants to do.
  2. Double Whammy = A set of two bad events/situations that have an effect at the same time.
  3. Hush money = Money that is paid so that someone will not tell other people about embarrassing or illegal behaviour.
  4. Welkin (German) = The sky, the Heavens.
  5. Welsh on something (offensive) = to not do what you promised or agreed.
  6. McNaghten Rules = The accused being acquitted on grounds of insanity
  7. Dinero (US) = Money (Other Synonyms: Pelf, Moolah, Siller, Lucre, Monicker)
  8. Gobsmacked = Extremely surprised
  9. Ditzy (US) = silly and not reliable
  10. Dob = To tell someone in authority about something bad that another person had done (Synonym: Snitch)
  11. Icononym = A word where the first letter looks like what the word means. Ex: Wavy, Zigzag, Snake, Obese, Valley, Mountain, Slippery, Curved.
  12. Fair Cow = Something that is uncooperative, difficult to manage or just plain aggravating.
  13. Cheval de bataille (Pronunciation: shuh-VAL – duh ba-TAY yuh) = A favourite topic; hobby horse.
  14. Fress = To eat without moderation; to pig out.
  15. Trade-last = A compliment that a person has heard and offers to repeat to the one complimented in exchange for a compliment made about oneself.
  16. The Golden Calf = Money when it is considered the most important thing in life.
  17. Have one’s fingers in the till = Steal money from one’s own place of work.
  18. (Not) One’s Pidgin = (Not) one’s job or concern.
  19. Poseidon = (Greek mythology) the god of the sea and earthquakes in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and Hades and Hera; identified with Roman Neptune; the god of the waters, earthquakes, and horses, and brother of Zeus.
  20. Polydipsia = excessive thirst

 

© 2008. Compiled by P. Mohan Chandran. All Rights Reserved.

One Response to “WORD POWER”

  1. M.chinnikrishna Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 17:13 #

    Hi Sir,

    First of all, I am very much glad to see your website. Its been really useful
    for lot of people who would like to be intact with English.
    I feel an example under each word might result in the better understanding of the word and the usage of the word.

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