by Ben Huberman
Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).
English is not my first language. Except for school, and college I wasn’t using it till last year Feb 2013 when I started my blog. I commit blunders, and I feel so bad when I discover them.
Back in school days, one word which got me a zero in English (that’s why it remains embedded in my memory), was the word did. While using it, I would add a past tense to it.
Mrs. G announced the English test results. I got the highest marks. She showed it to the class, and then called me to her desk. First she showed me the marks, then she circled the one mistake I had done, and then wrote,
“For this I am giving you a zero.”