Tamil Brahmins
Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
Alternatively, consider donating to keep the site up. Donations are accepted via PayPal & via NEFT. Details on how to donate can be found at here
Results 1 to 1 of 1
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2015

    Angry Usage of words in correct context

    0 Not allowed!
    English is an alien tongue: we use only to communicate. Some people are very strict about the usages of words in correct context.

    There is a good old story about Noah Webster of eighteenth century, who used give, a lot of importance to pronunciation and usage of words in correct context.

    Once, Webster wanted to go to some place far away from home for a tour of 4 days. He took his journey bag, informed his wife of his absence for 4 days, bid good bye to her and rushed to catch the train.
    But Webster could not reach the station in time and missed the train. In dejection, he returned home. On reaching the home he found the front door was open and some conversation sound was heard from the bed room. Webster was shocked to see his wife was in bed with somebody else.

    Mrs. Webster casually said, “Mr. Webster! I am astonished to sea you by this time.”

    At this, (not on her behavior but on her usage of words) Webster got angry and shouted, “You are not astonished. I am astonished but you are only surprised”.

    Astonish – no element of expectation, totally unexpected
    Surprise – expected but not at that time.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts