*How ever did you manage to get the tickets for the movie?The word `ever' is used to add emphasis to the question.Notice that even without the word `ever', the questionswould be grammatically correct. According to some scholars,`how ever' in these questions has the same meaning as "howon earth". "How on earth did you get a job as teacher?"
"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is herwork of fiction."
Why are street vendors sometimes referred to as`costermongers'?
(I. Ranjani, Chennai)The word `costermonger' is mainly used in British English torefer to someone who sells fresh fruit, vegetables and fish onthe street. `Monger' means `seller or trader'; `coster', onthe other hand, is actually a corruption of an old English word`costard', meaning `apple'. A `costardmonger' was someonewho sold apples
What is the meaning of the expression `no ifs and buts'?
(Bharanidharan, Sriperumbudur)Very often when we tell children to do something, theirstandard reply is, "But can't I do it later? I want to watch thismatch on TV!"
or something like that. They always try toput things off, and they provide all kinds of excuses as towhy things should be postponed. They will keep arguing withyou till they are blue in the face. When you tell someone thatyou don't want any `ifs and buts', what you mean is that youwant them to stop arguing and do what they have been told