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Thế nào là thành ngữ, tục ngữ …. ? – What are … Proverbs, Sayings, Aphorisms, Idioms, Puns, etc.

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Here is a list of definitions (with examples), which helps to understand the difference between these terms.

It is common to find different words existing in English to represent similar ideas. It is a frequent characteristic of a language with a long history. There are a number of specific types of saying, of which proverb is probably the best known. However, the distinction between them is often pretty vague.

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Thành ngữ tiếng Anh – Halloween related terms and idioms

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Witches, ghosts and skeletons

witch-hunt – to go on a witch-hunt is to try and find and punish or harrass people with unpopular opinions, usually because they are said to be dangerous to others.

This expression has its origins in the witch-hunts of the Middle Ages when thousands of young women in Europe were killed because they were thought to be witches.

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Tìm hiểu lịch sử lễ hội Halloween – History of Halloween

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Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

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Cách tránh lỗi “mập mờ” trong viết tiếng Anh – Avoiding Ambiguity in Your Writing

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Are you looking to add a little more clarity to your writing? If so, here are eight methods for correcting ambiguous expressions, as written by Norman Stageberg in “Ambiguity in College Writing: To a College Freshman.”

Put simply, ambiguity means “multiple meaning”. A word or passage that can be understood or interpreted in more than one way is ambiguous.

  • You see, many hands make light work.

Note: This sentence is ambiguous because of the words “light” and “work.” It is unclear whether light is a noun or adjective, and whether work is a noun or verb. So, readers are left to wonder whether the “light is working,” or the “work is light.”

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22 cách nói CÓ – 22 ways to say yes

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The word yes is great and all … but there’s plenty of other ways you can offer someone a verbal go-ahead. So if you feel like dipping your toes into the wild waters of alternative affirmations, then take a gander at the list below. If you’re feeling brave, deploy an aye aye in a business meeting or let loose a fo’ shizzle when someone asks if you’d like to go grab an ice cream. Let’s have a look at other ways to say yes!

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Đủ vốn để nói KHÔNG cả tháng – 29 ways to say NO

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Sometimes you need somebody to get the point, and a simple no won’t do it. We’ve taken a look through the Historical Thesaurus of the OED and other sources to find out how best to say no to something. Now you can say no daily for almost a whole month without repeating yourself.

1. no

Let’s start with the easy one. No dates to Old English, unsurprisingly; a corresponding o(meaning ‘ever; always’) is now obsolete.

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Nào thì ngâm cứu “Ranh” ngôn – Aphorism

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Aphorism Definition

Aphorism is a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner. The term is often applied to philosophical, moral and literary principles.

To qualify as an aphorism, it is necessary for a statement to contain a truth revealed in a terse manner. Aphoristic statements are quoted in writings as well as in our daily speech. The fact that they contain a truth gives them a universal acceptance. Scores of philosophers, politicians, writers, artists and sportsman and other individuals are remembered for their famous aphoristic statements.

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Lỗi thường gặp khi sử dụng dấu phẩy (,) – The Most Comma Mistakes

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[Below is a post by Ben Yagoda, a professor of English at the University of Delaware, on New York Times Blog]

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As I noted in my earlier article, rules and conventions about when to use and not to use commas are legion. But certain errors keep popping up. Here are a few of them.

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Tại sao ký tự & biến mất khỏi Bảng chữ cái? – What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?

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Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarreas the name itself.

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Tìm hiểu về Flammable và Inflammable – Why Do Flammable and Inflammable Mean the Same Thing?

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English is a trickster of a language, evidenced by the fact that two words that appear to be antonyms can actually mean the exact same thing. For the most part we manage to bumble along without confusing the two, and can figure out which meaning is intended based on context (although in the case of regardless and irregardless some extra time is needed for teeth-gnashing). We know thatinhabitable refers to a place that is habitable, and don’t feel any need to stop our conversation to point out the superfluous in- prefix.

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Tại sao người Hà Lan gọi là Dutch? – Why Are People from the Netherlands Called Dutch?

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A demonym is any name derived from a place. The word “demonym” was coined by Paul Dickson, an editor at Merriam-Webster, in his 1997 book Labels for Locals. Californian, Frenchmen, New Yorker, and Swiss are all demonyms.

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Lối nói/ngôn từ máy móc/sáo rỗng – Cliché

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Cliché Definition

Cliché refers to an expression that has been overused to the extent that it loses its original meaning or novelty. A cliché may also refer to actions and events which are predictable because of some previous events.

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Một số thực tế thú vị về tiếng Anh – Fun facts about English language [2]

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  1. 1 billion people speak English. That’s 1 in every 7 on earth.
  2. 80% of information stored on all computers in the world is in English
  3. English words “I”, “we”, “two” and “three” are among the most ancient, from thousands of years.
  4. The longest common English word without vowels is “rhythms”
  5. A new word in English is created every 98 minutes.
  6. The word “bride” comes from an old proto-germanic word meaning “to cook”.
  7. The word “queue” is pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed.
  8. The word “mortgage” comes from a French word that means “death contract”.
  9. The concept behind the word “cool” might come from the African word “itutu”, brought to America by slavery.
  10. 90% of everything written in English uses just 1,000 words.
  11. “Time” is the most commonly used noun in English.
  12. There are more English words beginning with the letter “s” than with any other letter.
  13. Nigeria has more English speakers than the United Kingdom.
  14. “Screeched” is the longest English word with one syllable.
  15. There are 24 different dialects of English in the US.
  16. Until the 19th century, the English word for actors was “hypocrites.”
  17. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “Go”.
  18. Phrases in English such as “long time no see”, “no go”, and “no can do” come from literal translations of Chinese phrases.
  19. “LOL” was formally recognized in 2011’s update of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  20. “IRONIC” is the most commonly misused word in English says Dictionary.com.
  21. The day after tomorrow is called “Overmorrow.”
  22. Today’s British accent first appeared among London’s upper class around the time of the American Revolution. Before that, the British accent was similar to that of Americans.
  23. 80% of all written paragraphs in English feature the word “the.”
  24. Bald Eagles are so named because “balde” is an Old English word meaning “white.”
  25. Harry Potter books were translated from British to American English.
  26. The verb “unfriend” dates back to 1659. It existed even earlier as a noun, as far back as 1275.

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Một số thực tế thú vị về tiếng Anh – Fun facts about English language [1]

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Now, see the interesting facts about the language below, in no particular order…

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(Viết và) sửa văn bản trong công việc – Revision in Business Writing

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Few writers are so talented that they can express themselves clearly and effectively in a rough draft. For short, routine business communications, you may be able to write quite easily with little or no revision. However, for most business writing—especially longer, more complex letters and reports—you should expect to revise, sometimes substantially, to insure that you’ve said exactly what you meant to say in a manner that the reader will understand.


Remember: An ineffective message is a waste of everyone’s time.


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Cách viết thư công việc sao cho khéo – Business Letters: Accentuating the Positives

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Your letters will be more successful if you focus on positive wording rather than negative, simply because most people respond more favorably to positive ideas than negative ones. Words that affect your reader positively are likely to produce the response you desire in letter-writing situations. A positive emphasis will persuade the reader and create goodwill. In contrast, negative words may generate resistance and other unfavorable reactions. You should therefore be careful to avoid words with negative connotations. These words either deny—for example, nodo not, refuse, and stop—or convey unhappy or unpleasant associations—for example, unfortunatelyunable tocannotmistakeproblemerrordamageloss, and failure.

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