Snowball’s chance in hell – Idiom Thaatha

Snowball

 

The meaning of the idiom Not have a snowball’s chance in hell is to have no chance at all.

Examples:

  1. When the strongest defender of the visiting team fell down with a broken collar bone, everyone knew for certain that the visitors did not have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the match.

  2. If you continue to be complacent, you would not have a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming an accomplished writer.

Decimate – Vocabwagon

Decimate

The meaning of the word Decimate is to kill, destroy or to reduce the strength of someone or something.

The word Decimate is a verb.

Examples

  1. Word is out that the rebels in the Northern part of the country have been decimated.

  2. The strength of the assassin’s blow almost decimated the officer on guard.

Seven deadly sins to be avoided while writing a formal letter

Seven deadly sins to be avoided while writing a formal letter 

Formal letter writing has always been a pain in the neck for many people. We bring to you in this post, the SEVEN DEADLY SINS that one tends to make while writing a formal letter. Read on to know more.

Sin 1 –  To place any punctuation mark after the words ‘From’ and ‘To’ is to commit a deadly sin. Many people use comma. The right way is to have NO punctuation after those words.

From

 

Sin 2 –  While ending the letter with ‘Yours sincerely / faithfully / xxxxxxx’ take care to avoid using apostrophe in the word ‘Yours’. Your’s is wrong and Yours is correct.

Yours

 

Sin 3 – Take care to use a common, legible font throughout the letter. The font must be of equal size for the length of the letter. It is advisable to have even spacing between lines.

Legible font

 

Sin 4 –  Many mistakenly sign below their names at the end of the letter. Some forget to sign. Signature is mandatory, and the signature must be above the name of the person.

Signature

 

Sin 5 –  Ensure to place a comma after ‘Sir,/Madam,’. People tend to forget this as they do not place comma after ‘From’ and ‘To’.

Sir

 

Sin 6 –  A letter without any subject would be deemed of no value whatsoever and would most probably be not seen by the recipient. A subject gives the reader a general idea of the content of the letter.

Sub

 

Sin 7 –  Using upper case letters as and when the fancy seizes is to be strictly avoided. Mixing of upper case and lower case letters would give a bad impression of the sender.

Uppercase

We are sure that the sins committed so far, if any, would be avoided in future. Happy writing!

The parish pump – Idiom thaatha

The parish pump

The meaning of the idiom the parish pump is to have interests in local politics and things local.

Examples:

  1. The people look down on parish pump football, but choose to adore international football stars.

  2. Parish pump politics is devoured by this administrator, as she practically makes a living out of it by scandalizing people.

Grumbling employees???

Grumbling employees

Why do employees grumble? Is it the lack of monetary benefit? If you give them a huge salary, does the grumbling stop? Does the murmur end? Do the employees breathe easy when they get a huge sum as payment for their work? There are disgruntled workers even in institutions that offer a hefty package. What then is it that makes workers happy? May be, it is in the way that the workers are treated. May be, it is in the method used to communicate things to them. When the employees know for sure that they are recognized and that their efforts really matter in the institution that they work in, well… that makes all the difference. There is a spring in the steps of the employees as they come beaming out of a meeting after having been patted on the shoulder in an appreciative manner. There is in their outlook, a vision and the determination to accomplish missions in order to achieve that vision. Such visionaries are not born. They are made. They are ordinary men made extra-ordinary by the kindness and magnanimity of the institution’s leaders. People rise to great heights because of the immense faith and trust the authorities place in them. May be, that is why some institutions soar high whereas many flounder and are grounded because of the wrong kinds of missions employed to try to reach their vision.

In high dudgeon – Idiom Thaatha

In high dudgeon

The meaning of the idiom in high dudgeon is to have feeling of great offence or deep resentment.

Examples:

  1. When the representative argued with the teacher in front of the whole class, the teacher walked out of the room in high dudgeon.
  2. Being in high dudgeon, the manager took a decision that was partial and evident for all to see.

 

Aberration – Vocabwagon

Aberration

The meaning of the word Aberration is to deviate from what is normal or expected, and is usually not a welcome move.

The word Aberration is a noun.

Examples:

  1. If we are to give heed to the words of the automobile purists, the latest variant from the Yamaha stable is an aberration and not to be taken seriously.
  2. My cousin who grew up in the southern part of the country, is shocked by this custom of this part of the country, and considers this custom an aberration.

 

Scoop the loop – Idiom Thaatha

Scoop the pool

The meaning of the idiom Scoop the pool is to win all the money staked in a gambling game or to get all the prizes, profits, sales, success, applause etc…

Examples:

  1. Our school scooped the pool in the divisional level games this year, easily becoming the champions.

  2. No country can ever scoop the pool in this level of the tournament, because the game calls for grit, determination, sweat, and above all, the game is highly unpredictable.

Parochial – Vocabwagon

Parochial

The meaning of the word Parochial is to be short sighted or narrow minded.

The word Parochial is an adjective.

Examples:

  1. The father of the house was so parochial that he could not see that the future of his son lay in the field of music, in which the son was interested.

  2. When one does not have exposure to reading, one’s writing becomes parochial.

Profligate – Vocabwagon

Profligate

The meaning of the word Profligate is to be wasteful in the use of resources.

The word Profligate is an adjective, though Profligate also acts as a noun.

Profligate – Adjective

Examples:

  1. The CEO’s profligate lifestyle led to his bankruptcy.

  2. The profligate residents of this area account for ninety percent of this salesman’s livelihood.

Profligate – Noun

Examples:

  1. Being a profligate himself, Calvin was diffident to reprimand the profligate sales team of his office.

  2. Between being a profligate and a miser, many would prefer the former over the latter.