The English language is full of idioms which we often use without knowing their meanings. Here are a few popular idioms and their meanings…
Bark up the wrong tree: Choose the wrong course of action.
Example: Seema was barking up the wrong tree when she accused Ram of causing problems as Ram was out of town that week.
His/her bark is worse than her/his bite: Her or his words are worse than their actions.
Example: Seema is really a nice person — her bark is worse than her bite.
Bull in a china shop: A person who acts with no tact. Example: Don’t invite Seema over. She’s like a bull in a china shop.
Cat nap: A short sleep taken during the day.
Example: I took a nice cat nap in the afternoon.
Dark horse: A candidate little known to the general public.
Example: Seema was the dark horse in her school’s election.
Donkey’s years: A very long time.
Example: I’ve known Rajan for donkey’s years.
Most of the Churches in England ( about 33,000 out of 44,000) have implemented a new technique to deal with thieves , who strip of lead and other valuables from the roof of those ancient buildings. This technique/system , named SmartWater , includes painting these valuable roof tops with a “nano paint” , which is visible only in Ultra Violet light. The nanopaint coating of each church is unique as they are coated with a blend of mixtures different from the other. This SmartWater technique proved to effective, when 3 thieves were caught stealing lead from the roof of St Leonard’s church in Colchester, Essex.
This SmartWater technique was developed by developed by Phil Cleary, a former police officer, and his brother Mike, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
source : TimesOnline
Support for WMV, RealMedia and other formats has been bundled into the w32codecs package. This package is not available from the Ubuntu repositories due to licensing and legal restrictions.This package is also needed to play .DAT video files.
Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file and enter the following repositories save and exit the file
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
For Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Users
Now you need to copy the key using the following command
wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Update the source list using the following command
sudo apt-get update
Install Codecs using the following command
sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2
Using above download locations you can install most of the mutimedia codecs for ubuntu.
sudo apt-get update
source : ubuntugeek.com
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The two words that you should keep in mind when you are writing are precision and clarity. Avoid long words and sentences. Remember you are writing to make your audience feel, think and be one with your story/essay and not to show them that you know your vocabulary! So choose the right word and make sure it fits into the context of what you are saying. After you have written your story or essay, read it and ask yourself what every word means. Long words like those ending in -ation,-lity, -ise, -isation, -ational tend to make your writing laborious and difficult to understand. Therefore use them as little as possible. Ask yourself if you can make your sentence shorter and crisper by removing these words.
Example: The student brought about the organisation of the school assembly.
Right usage: The student organised the school assembly.
Example: The usage of the words baffled many.
Right usage: The use of the words had many baffled.
Words like usage, methodology and functionality should be changed to a simpler method. Be specific in the choice of your words. Never use vague language.
Example: The newspaper industry made apparent significant financial gains this year.
Right usage: The newspaper industry made a lot of money OR the newspaper industry showed large profits.