Author : Kovuuri G Reddy


Brain, Mind

Brain, Mind

May 16,2017 , 10:13 PM IST | Hans
“In itself, perhaps the brain does not think; it is the human agent with the brain, which some have called the soul, that thinks. And yet—can a soul, or a mind, be differentiated from its brain? 
Referendum, Plebiscite

Referendum, Plebiscite

Apr 27,2017 , 11:55 PM IST | Hans
On 24 May 1993, Eritrea conducted an internationally monitored referendum to determine its future status; the voter was overwhelmingly for independence. 
Hard, Hardly, Hardy

Hard, Hardly, Hardy

Apr 25,2017 , 10:09 PM IST | Hans
Hard is an adjective, harder and hardest, and has many meanings depending on context, situation and referring to a thing, person and place; also functions an adverb: so, refer to a standard dictionary for its comprehensive meanings. 
Actually, Allegedly, Allegiance

Actually, Allegedly, Allegiance

Apr 20,2017 , 10:42 PM IST | Hans
‘When someone is arrested or accused of a crime, journalists commonly refer to that person as the “alleged murderer,” or the “alleged thief.” 
Shade, Shady, Shadow

Shade, Shady, Shadow

Apr 14,2017 , 10:05 PM IST | Hans
You shade yours eyes from the bright sunlight with help of shades, and may also look for a shadow to hide from the sun.  Shade, Shady, Shadow
Leaf, Leafs, Leave, Leaves

Leaf, Leafs, Leave, Leaves

Apr 10,2017 , 10:25 PM IST | Hans
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” –Rabindranath Tagore Leaf, Leafs, Leave, Leaves
Age, Agist, Ageist, Ageism

Age, Agist, Ageist, Ageism

Mar 30,2017 , 10:56 PM IST | Hans
An obituary in a daily: “…Later he kept away from politics because of ageism. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.” The usage of the word ageism in the above sentence is incorrect because ageism is not an illness as a result of old age.
All Right (Alright?); All Ready (Already), Apart, A Part

All Right (Alright?); All Ready (Already), Apart, A Part

Mar 03,2017 , 10:39 PM IST | Hans
No doubt as fully aware as most people that language is nothing but a series of signs to convey a meaning, and that in this sense no damage seems to be threatening any part of our existing arrangements, I still feel that to inscribe alright is gross, crass, coarse and to be avoided, and I now say so. 
I, Me, Myself, Mine

I, Me, Myself, Mine

Feb 08,2017 , 10:51 PM IST | Hans
All the things, living and non-living, visible and invisible, abstract and actual around the human beings have been named: they have names. 
Reflex, Reflexed, Reflexive

Reflex, Reflexed, Reflexive

Feb 02,2017 , 10:54 PM IST | Hans
You act reflexively. Reflex is an automatic reaction to a stimulus or an action done without conscious thought, actions done without mental effort or without the involvement of the brain but as a response to a stimulus. 
Norm, Normal, Normative

Norm, Normal, Normative

Jan 25,2017 , 10:35 PM IST | Hans
What are the norms to follow when one is in public place such as a railway station or in a park? The norm is not to cause nuisance to others.
Alchemy, Chemistry

Alchemy, Chemistry

Jan 20,2017 , 12:26 AM IST | Hans
Alchemy is the progenitor of chemistry; and alchemists were the predecessors of chemists: most of the ancient chemists, physicians and philosophers were also alchemists. 
Of, Off, From

Of, Off, From

Jan 18,2017 , 10:34 PM IST | Hans
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford 
Digit, Digits, Digital, Digitalisation

Digit, Digits, Digital, Digitalisation

Jan 12,2017 , 12:33 AM IST | Hans
Be not surprised if you happen to see a person with additional digit on the feet or the hand. In anatomy, digits are studied.  
Value, Values, Valuable, Valueless, Invaluable

Value, Values, Valuable, Valueless, Invaluable

Jan 10,2017 , 11:34 PM IST | Hans
What is a value in one country may not be a value in another: wearing a burkini (a head to heels beach suit worn by few women) in France is deemed as an affront to French values! 
Procrastination, Procreation, Peregrination

Procrastination, Procreation, Peregrination

Jan 06,2017 , 11:31 PM IST | Hans
Procrastination is the thief of time! Because procrastinating is wasting time, your time, and may also result in wasting others’ time, too. 
Heritage, Hereditary, Heredity, Inheritance

Heritage, Hereditary, Heredity, Inheritance

Jan 06,2017 , 01:28 AM IST | Hans
Heritage is works of art, cultural achievements and folklore that have been passed on from earlier generation, and also refers to the property that has been or may be inherited by an heir. 
Plague, Plaque

Plague, Plaque

Dec 23,2016 , 12:41 AM IST | Hans
He abstracted his life from the times. He believed he was a newspaper reporter, yet read no paper except the Mockingburg Record, and so managed to ignore terrorism, climatological change, collapsing governments, collapsing governments, chemical spills, plagues, recession and falling banks, floating debris, the disintegrating ozone layer.” –The Shipping News by Annie Proulx 
Passed, Past, Passed Away, Passed Out

Passed, Past, Passed Away, Passed Out

Nov 18,2016 , 01:11 AM IST | Hans
Pass means to clear an examination or an entrance test or to get a certain number of marks or percentage of marks as a proof of clearing an exam and gaining that qualification. Passing or failing in an examination matters a lot. 
Gorilla, Guerilla

Gorilla, Guerilla

Nov 11,2016 , 11:47 PM IST | Hans
Gorillas are herbivorous primates and the largest living primates whose DNA is almost similar to human beings. Gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos are the closest relatives of human beings but because of humans invasion into their territories they are all under the threat of extinction: endangered.
Shall, Should

Shall, Should

Nov 11,2016 , 01:44 AM IST | Hans
Shall and should are modal auxiliary verbs like can, could, may, might and are used with other words of infinitives (of verbs): she shall arrive; she should arrive, and note the difference: she will arrive, she would arrive. 
Sublime, Sublimate

Sublime, Sublimate

Nov 01,2016 , 10:54 PM IST | Hans
This famous and marvelous Sanskrit poem occurs as an episode of the Mahabharata, in the sixth—or Bhishma—Parva of the great epic. It enjoys immense popularity and authority in India, where it is reckoned as one of the “Five Jewels” —Pancharatnani—of literature. 
Method, Methodology, Methodological Methodologist, Methodist

Method, Methodology, Methodological Methodologist, Methodist

Oct 18,2016 , 11:42 PM IST | Hans
Method is a way of doing something, a procedure to attain an object, an organized plan that controls the way something is done, a systematic procedure or plan, technique, a mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline,  a body of skills or techniques, a careful plan that controls the way that something is done. 
Atomization, Automization, Anatomization

Atomization, Automization, Anatomization

Oct 18,2016 , 12:03 AM IST | Hans
Atomization or atomisation means separating something into fine particles, separating something into fragments; breaking down something into smaller and smaller particles or fragments. 
Precept, Percept, Perception

Precept, Percept, Perception

Oct 17,2016 , 12:32 AM IST | Young Hans
Perception is faculty of perceiving something with the senses, with the mind, cognition; an immediate recognition of something in an insightful manner such as moral, psychological, and aesthetic qualities in someone or something. Artists express themselves in their art as a result of perception. Perception is the product
Information, Misinformation, Disinformation

Information, Misinformation, Disinformation

Oct 13,2016 , 11:00 PM IST | Hans
Information is a message from one person to another, from one to many; from someone to somebody; information is a message received and understood from a source; information is the knowledge acquired through instruction, experience, studying, observing, from the media… 
Epidemiology, Epidemiological, Epistemology

Epidemiology, Epidemiological, Epistemology

Oct 12,2016 , 10:56 PM IST | Hans
Tanpinar presciently feared that to embrace the Western conception of progress was to be mentally enslaved by a whole new epistemology, one that compartmentalised knowledge and concealed instrumental view of human beings as no more than things to be manipulated.” –Pankaj Mishra
Mediation, Meditation, Mediatisation

Mediation, Meditation, Mediatisation

Oct 09,2016 , 11:05 PM IST | Hans
In international diplomacy, mediated missions aim to curtail conflicts, to mediations bring two warring factions together in order to find a solution; couple who want to split may find a pathway through mediation rather than through the courts. 
Hypothesis, Hypotheses, Hypothetical, Theory

Hypothesis, Hypotheses, Hypothetical, Theory

Oct 05,2016 , 10:53 PM IST | Hans
Hypothesis means a message without evidence, a proposal that needs to be tested; an opinion of something but lacks evidence so it needs to be explained with facts, observations, data; a tentative insight, a concept that needs to be verified, a possibility, likely or likelihood, a concept without evidence. 
Empire, Umpire, Empirical, Empiricism

Empire, Umpire, Empirical, Empiricism

Oct 03,2016 , 11:32 PM IST | Hans
There are many ways that we try to know things about the world around us. One way is through direct experience. This approach is sometimes called empiricism. Experience is often a reliable path to knowledge. … But learning by experience can also be filled with many trials and errors. Progress can be painfully slow and can lead down blind alleys.” –Glenn G. Sparks