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24-02-2011, 07:29 AM
any new vocabulary you picked up today? :rolleyes:

Today i found peccadilloes on an article (http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110223/ts_yblog_thelookout/enough-dirt-for-a-libyan-soap-opera-cables-reveal-qaddafi-family-peccadilloes), and here is what it means:

   /ˌpɛkəˈdɪloʊ/ [pek-uh-dil-oh]

a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.

28-02-2011, 05:34 PM
errghh... tonggeret, but it's Indonesian :D

03-03-2011, 11:18 AM
we should have another thread for indonesian version then.. :mrgreen:

bonny gooner
08-03-2011, 09:20 AM
it might not one of them but whatever it is, I just found this new one.

Backhanded Compliment.

A backhanded compliment, also known as a left handed compliment, or asteism is an insult that is disguised as a compliment. Sometimes, a backhanded compliment may be inadvertent. However, the term usually connotes an intent to belittle or condescend. [1]

A backhanded compliment may fool the listener, but the compliment remains "backhanded" because the speaker is being intentionally slighting and insulting. In some cultures, backhanded compliments are considered a genteel or polite way of expressing disdain.

Examples of backhanded compliments include:

"That dress is lovely; it does wonders for your figure."

"You're smarter than you look."

"You drive very well, for a woman."

"Your son is more handsome than I would have expected."

In each instance, there is an initial compliment: praising a piece of clothing, a person's intellect, a person's driving ability, or a person's looks. However, each instance also includes an implied criticism: the person's figure desperately needs improvement; the person appears unintelligent on the surface; women don't drive well, and therefore any skill at driving is noteworthy; the son's parents are unattractive.

10-03-2011, 11:38 PM
ah.. that's good to know.. :mrgreen:

24-04-2011, 10:04 PM
idioms also falls into this category, right?

- piece of cake
- not my cup of tea
- rule of thumb

stuffs like that...

24-04-2011, 10:13 PM
I've seen this in many TV serials : "ballpark".

If someone thinks that it's "taman bola", I did the same too.

Actually, it's an expression (or maybe a slang) when someone wants an estimation: The approximately proper range, as of possibilities or alternatives

Your estimate is high, but still in the ballpark

12-11-2011, 10:08 AM
i just found out that "emping" is called "gnetum gnemon" :cengir:

12-11-2011, 10:19 AM
Gnentum gnemon is scientific name for 'melinjo' ;)

12-11-2011, 10:33 AM
right. and i didnt know that :cengir: \
*sambil ngemil emping pedes*

20-12-2011, 02:17 PM
protrude [prəˈtruːd]
1. to thrust or cause to thrust forwards or outwards
2. to project or cause to project from or as if from a surface

E = mc²
20-12-2011, 03:04 PM
verisimilitude \ver-uh-suh-MIL-uh-tood; -tyood\ , noun
1. The appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true.
2. Something that has the appearance of being true or real.

pukka \PUHK-uh\ , adjective:
1. Authentic; genuine.
2. Superior; first-class