Joeleonhart’s Weblog

To Learn and To Share

Confusing English … !???

Just read :

1. If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

2. Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

3. If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?

4. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t people from
Holland called Holes?

5. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

6. Why is the men who invest all your money called a broker?

7. If horrific means made horrible, does terrific mean made terrible?

8. Why is it called building when it is already built?

9. If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?

10. If you’re not supposed to drink and drive, then why do Bars have
parking lots?

11. If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times,
does he become disoriented?

12. If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat??
Human ???

13 . **) If working hours are meant for working, then why are you
reading this???**

**)Get Back to WORK !!


July 7, 2008 Posted by | Humor, Learn English - Vocabulary | Leave a comment

Fish, Reptile and Insect Idioms



One of the ways to make your writing or conversation colorful is using idioms. Here are a number of idioms dealing with fish, insect and reptile commonly used by English-speaking people.


ants in one’s pants : nervous, over-activity, restlessness.

The teacher asked the little boy if he had ants in his pants when he kept moving around in his seat.


bee in one’s bonnet : a fixed idea that seems crazy.

She has a bee in her bonnet and she won’t stop talking about moving to a new apartment.


big fish in a small pond : an important person in a small place.

He was very afraid of his wife but in the company he is a big fish in a small pond.


birds and bees : facts about sex and birth.

The teacher told all students about the birds and the bees during the biology lessons.


bug-eyed : wide-eyed with surprise.

The little boy was bug-eyed when he got a new Play Station for a birthday present.


bug in one’s ear : a hint, an idea.

You put a bug in his ear about an eating out in Mc D’s and he won’t stop talking about it.


bug someone : annoy or irritate someone.

My friend is beginning to bug me with his constant questions.


butterflies in one’s stomach : feeling of fear or anxiety.

I had butterflies in my stomach when I knew I had to see the most beautiful girl in town.


can of worms : complex problem or complicated situation.

I opned up a large can of worms when the major decided to banish gambling.


clam up : stop talking.

We had to clam up during the meeting so our boss wouldn’t become angry.


cold fish : person who is unfriendly or doesn’t mix with others.

He is a real cold fish and has no friends at his company at all.


fish for : try to find out some information or ask for a compliment.

He has been fishing for a compliment about his new Italian suit.


fish out of water : someone who does not fit in.

She felt like a fish out of water when she went to the party in her formal dress while everyone else was wearing jeans.


flea in one’s ear : an idea or answer that is not welcome.

I think that I put a flea in his ear when I told him about the computer problems.


flea market : place where antiques, secondhand things and cheap goods are sold.

We go to the flea market every Sunday to look for old phonographs.


fly in the ointment : something small that spoils one’s fun.

His complaints about the food were the fly in the ointment and gave everyone a bad feeling about the gathering.


Holy mackerel : used to express strong feeling of surprise.

Holy Mackerel! Look at the size of that man’s motorcycle.


kettle of fish : the way something is (often used when one is irritated)

That’s a fine kettle of fish. Now I will be late for the next meeting.


louse up : make a mess of or spoil something.

Please try not to louse up the computer again. It was working fine this morning.


mad as a hornet : very angry, in a fighting mood.

He was as mad as a hornet when he came to work this morning.


make a beeline for : go in a straight line.

Whenever he goes to a football game, he always makes a beeline for the food stand.


neither fish nor fowl : something or someone that does not belong to a definite group.

I don’t know what you should call it. It is neither fish nor fowl.


round robin : a contest or game in which each player or team plays every other player or team in turn, a meeting in which each one in a group takes part.

He took part in the round robin competition at his school.


snail’s pace : very slow movement forward.

The cars were moving at a snail’s pace when the parade came to town.


stir up a hornet’s nest : make many people angry

He really stirred up a hornet’s nest when he went to the meeting and started talking about the garbage problem.


world is one’s oyster : one can get anything that one wants.

When you graduate from university, don’t think the world will be your oyster.


That’s it. Now try to learn all the idioms carefully in your heart. Then try to the quiz in the “Learn English – Quiz” category.


Vocabulary :


Bonnet             = topi, biasanya diikat dibawah dagu dengan tali atau pita, dipakai oleh wanita, anak-anak perempuan dan bayi.

Birth                = 1 kelahiran. 2 timbulnya. b. certificate akte kelahiran, surat lahir. b. control pembatasan kelahiran, perencanaan berkeluarga, keluarga berencana.

Bug                  = 1 hama, binatang-binatang keci

Banish              = membuang. to b. all o’s fears membuang semua ketakutannya.

Clam                = remis besar, semacam kijing

Flea                  = kutu (pada hewan). flea-bitten ks. digigit kutu (anjing, kuda dsb). f. market pasar loak/rombengan.

Compliment      = pujian

Ointment          = Salep

Mackerel          = sejenis ikan air tawar.

Louse               = kutu, tuma, caplak

Hornet              = langau kerbau, tabuhan, penyengat. to stir up a hornet’s nest menimbulkan keributan, membangunkan ular tidur.

Fowl                = Unggas

Robin               = semacam burung murai.

Snail                 = keong, siput

Oyster              = tiram. o. bed petiraman

Fly                   = lalat. 2 golbi, tutup luar (of trousers). 3 Fish.: mata pancing yang berumpan seperti serangga terbang.

PS. If you are interested to do a quiz about these idioms, fell free to go to this link Fish, Reptile and Insect Idioms Quiz

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Learn English - Vocabulary | Leave a comment

5 Pairs of Words Often Confused

“Principal” and “principle.”

“Principal” means head or chief (like of a company or school), while “principle” is a basic truth or tenet.
“Complement” and “compliment. ”

Unless you’re giving away free stuff or telling someone how nice she looks today, you probably mean the first one, which is defined as “to complete.”

“Fewer” and “less.”

The supermarket checkouts should say “10 items or fewer” because “fewer” means a smaller number of units. “Less,” on the other hand, means a smaller quantity. In other words, if you can’t count it, use “less.”
“Capitol” and “capital.”

“Capitol” refers to that building in Washington where the legislature meets, while “capital” relates to money or is an uppercase letter.

“Bi-monthly” and “semi-monthly. ”

WHY magazine is published bi-monthly, or every two months. Semi-monthly means twice a month.

== WHY Magazine ==

June 21, 2008 Posted by | Learn English - Vocabulary | Leave a comment

What’s the difference between an embassy and a consulate?

A consulate is like a junior embassy. It’s generally located in a busy tourist city, and takes care of minor diplomatic tasks such as issuing visas.

The word consulate literally means office of the consul, who is a diplomat appointed to foster trade and take care of expatriates. You can read some pointed essays about the role of the modern day consulate at the American Foreign Service site.

Embassies are much bigger deals. The word embassy comes from the French ambassade, or office of the ambassador. Ambassadors are high-ranking diplomatic representatives who serve as spokespersons for their national governments.

If one country recognizes the sovereignty of another, they generally establish an embassy there. Embassies take care of the same administrative duties as consulates, but they also represent their governments abroad.

This can be tricky business. For instance, the United States doesn’t maintain an embassy in Taiwan (in order to maintain diplomatic relations with China), but it does operates a consulate there to take care of its overseas citizens.

For an interesting online look at another prickly diplomatic relation, check out the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, which features a reaction statement to the recent incarceration of Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim.

You may recall the famous photograph from 1975 of American citizens ostensibly fleeing the American embassy in Saigon.

The building was in fact an apartment complex across the street, but the message was clear: once the embassy leaves, the country symbolically leaves.

From :

Free English Course – Yahoo Group

June 6, 2008 Posted by | Learn English - Vocabulary | Leave a comment

Five-Vowels Words

facetious,abstemious,annelidous,arsenious are english words which contains all five vowels in alphabetical order

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Learn English - Various, Learn English - Vocabulary | Leave a comment