Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Enlarge your English knowledge

Welcome to my School Wednesday.



Today at the English lesson we have watched VERY interesting film of the language of Empire - the adventure of English. I guess not all knows the meanings of these words:


  1. Bungalow  is a low house having only one storey or, in some cases, upper rooms set in the roof, typically with dormer windows ( origin: late 17th century: from Hindi baṅglā'belonging to Bengal', from a type of cottage built for early European settlers in Bengal.)
  2. Loot  is to steal something from a place or person. 
  3. Ghoul is an evil spirit that eats dead bodies.
  4. Thug is a man who acts violentlyespecially to commit a crime.
  5. Pundit is person who knows a lot about a particular subject and is therefore oftenasked to give an opinion about it.
  6. Dungarees is  pair of trousers with an extra piece of cloth that covers thechest and is held in place by a strap over each shoulder (US old-fashioned trousers made of denim (= strongblue cotton cloth).
  7. Cot is narrow bed.
  8. Toddy is various species of palm tree.
  9. Bangle is ring of stiff plasticmetal, etc. worn around the wrist or arm as jewellery.
  10. Cushy is very easy.
  11. Khaki is dark yellowish-green cloth, often worn by soldiers.
  12. Dinghy is small open boat.
  13. Juggernaut is a very largeheavy truck.
  14. Karma is (in the Buddhist and Hindu religions) the force produced by a person's actionsin one of their lives that influences what happens to them in their future lives.
  15. Mantra is  (especially in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound that is believed to have a special spiritual power.
  16. Sacred cow is beliefcustom, etc. that people support and do not question or criticise.
  17. Canoe is small light narrow boatpointed at both ends and moved using a paddle (= ashort pole with a flat blade).
  18. Curare  is a common name for various plant.
  19. Peccary is a medium-sized mammal of the familyTayassuidae, or New World pigs.
  20. Tamarind is (fruit of) a type of tropical tree.
  21. Hurricane is violent wind that has a circular movementespecially in the West AtlanticOcean.
  22. Cassava is  South American plant with large roots, or a type of flour made from theseroots.
  23. Hammock is  type of bed used especially outside, consisting of a net or long piece of strong cloth that you tie between two trees or poles so that it swings (= moves sidewaysthrough the air).
  24. Mangrove is  tropical treefound near water, whose twisted roots grow partly aboveground.
  25. Doubloon  was a two-escudo or 32-real gold coin, weighing 6.77 grams.
  26. Pieces of eight is (in the past) coins used in Spain.
  27. Sea-dog is an old sailor with many years of experience at sea.
  28. Cutlass is curved sword with a single sharp edgeespecially as used in the past bypirates.
  29. Freebooter, Privateer, Buccaneer are different kind of pirates.  

The information is from the film of the language of Empire - the adventure of EnglishWikipedia and Cambridge English-English dictionary




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With Love,
Mary