These two words may seem alike but actually they have rather different meanings.
A house is a building that people live in. It stands on its own land (unlike, say, an apartment or flat) and often has a garden. It may be detached (not joined to another house), semi-detached (joined to one other house), or terraced (in a row, like townhouses all joined together).
We are selling our house and want to buy a bigger one.
That house used to be brown, but last week the owners painted it white.
A home is the place where you live, especially as part of a family. It could be a house, or it could be a condominium or apartment or flat, or anywhere else.
I have to go home. I’ve just remembered that I left my apartment door open.
After the hurricane they had to move into a temporary caravan. But already they’ve made it into a real home for the children.
Just think of house as a physical thing, and home is more like an idea.
NB: there is a tendency by real estate agents in the USA to use “home” instead of “house”. So they advertise “Home for Sale” instead of “House for Sale” etc. This is perhaps due to the emotive nature of the word “home”, which may better serve the purposes of commercialism. But we have seen what happens when words lose their meanings.
resolve (verb): decide firmly to do or not to do something (for example: He resolved to discuss the matter with his boss.)
resolution (noun): a firm decision to do or not to do something (for example: He never regretted his resolution to stop drinking.)
2015 is upon us. Pray tell us. What have you “resolved” to do in 2015? Or not to do? ^^
And don’t forget to tell us what happened to Last Year’s resolutions :))
On Thursday 18th September 2014, the people of Scotland will hold a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country. Currently, and for more than 300 years, Scotland has formed part of the UK, whose full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain comprises England, Scotland and Wales. The rest of this united kingdom (which is really a queendom at present with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state) is comprised of Northern Ireland. If Scotland goes independent, what shall we call what’s left of the UK? United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Disunited Kingdom? Divided Kingdom? Take a look at the map hereunder (and also this explanation of the current UK nomenclature), and please leave your suggestions in the comments below.
Wordchecker referendum (noun): a general vote by the population on a single political question independent (adjective): free from control by another country; sovereign kingdom (noun): a country ruled by a king (or queen) hereunder (adverb): below; under this nomenclature (noun): the system of names in a particular field
This guy is “Guy Fawkes”, and English was his mother tongue. His death is gruesomely celebrated in England every 5th November when ordinary people mindlessly burn effigies of him on bonfires.
What did Guy Fawkes do to deserve such venom? He plotted with others to assassinate the king of England (and of Scotland) by blowing up Parliament during its state opening in 1605. Their motives were politico-religious… But they failed. Their plans were leaked and Guy Fawkes was the one conspirator found guarding the gunpowder under the Read on »
When we “resolve” to do something, we decide firmly to do it. It’s like a promise to ourselves. The verb is “resolve” and the noun is “resolution”. Typically, at the start of each year, people make New Year’s Resolutions such as: Read on »
She was walking lazily, for the fierce April sun was directly overhead. Her umbrella blocked its rays but nothing blocked the heat – the sort of raw, wild heat that crushes you with its energy. A few buffalo were tethered under coconuts, browsing the parched verges. Occasionally a car went past, leaving its treads in the melting pitch like the wake of a ship at sea. Otherwise it was quiet, and she saw no-one. Read on »
“There are three rings involved with marriage. The engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering.”
Woody Allen (1935-) American actor, comedian and director
Wordchecker ring (noun): a small, round, metal band that you wear on your finger involved with: connected to engagement ring (noun): a ring that a man gives to a woman when they decide to marry wedding ring (noun): a ring that a married person wears suffering (noun): a bad and painful feeling
I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
(By Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809–1892)
What do YOU think? Is it better to have loved and lost? Or is it better never to have loved at all?
Wordchecker to hold something true: to consider/believe something to be true whate’er*: whatever to befall* (verb): to happen whate’er befall*: whatever happens to sorrow* (verb): to feel deep distress; to be very unhappy/sad (“sorrow” is not normally used as a verb in English today) ’tis*: it is
*this language is typical of romantic poetry but is not normal in everyday English
What do you think about this statement: “We are all basically selfish“?
Is it true? At the end of the day, are we all only interested in ourselves? Or are some people genuinely selfless and altruistic?
Wordchecker selfish (adjective): having no consideration for other people; being interested in one’s own personal well-being, profit or pleasure selfless (adjective): having no concern for oneself; unselfish altruistic (adjective): having consideration for the well-being and lives of other people
An abbreviation is something like “Dr” or “Dr.” for “Doctor”, or “Ltd” or “Ltd.” for “Limited”.
An acronym is made from the First Letters of other words, for example “NASA” for “National Aeronautics and Space Administration”, or “laser” for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”.
A reader writes: “Is the word ‘footer’, now used in documents and written on one of your pages, a correct English word? I think it was created by Microsoft, and I believe the word ‘footnote’ would be more appropriate.”
Let’s try to clear this up. I’m not sure whether the word “footer” was coined by Microsoft or not, but if it was it made it into my 1995 edition of Concise Oxford Dictionary. For the context that we are discussing, the two words can be defined as:
footnote (noun): a note at the bottom of a specific page usually about something on that page.
footer (noun): a piece of text or programming code repeated at the bottom of every page.
Footnote: the word “footer” can also be used in combinations such as “six-footer” (a man who is six feet tall) and “right-footer” (a specific kick in football etc).