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Difference between Calm Down and Go Easy

The English language phrases Calm Down and Go Easy have related meanings, but they are different, as I shall explain, using British English examples. Calm Down (verb) is an instruction to the listener to reduce their level of emotion. "Calm down, children, we need to…

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Bazin Fabric - what it is and how to use it

Bazin Fabric is a heavy, hand-dyed polished cotton, with a distinctive sheen, a fabric much loved in Mali, but produced in India, Germany and China. Bazin is a labour-intensive fabric to produce, requiring the knotting of tissues into parts of the fabric to keep them…

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Damned by faint praise - Explanation

The English Language phrase Damned By Faint Praise is an idiom still in use 300 years after it was first used, as I shall explain, with examples of its British English usage. Damned by faint praise means to be given such little praise that it…

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Difference between Queue and Row

The English Language nouns Queue and Row have related meanings, but they are different, as I shall explain, using British English examples. Queue (noun) means a line of people waiting for something, where the person at the head of the queue will be served next.

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