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Did you know, fellas? Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart started composing when he was five. He was a musical prodigy.

On this article, we will discuss the word ‘prodigy.’

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A prodigy is a highly talented child, especially under the age of ten years old, who is capable of producing a meaningful output in a field which the child is interested in, in a level of an adult expert.

In the course of history, there are several different areas where a prodigy could be found: mathematics and science, arts, and sports, particularly chess.

Some researchers believe that prodigious talent tends to arise as a result of the innate talent of the child, and the energetic and emotional investment that the child ventures. Others believe that the environment plays the dominant role.

For example, a chess grandmaster might train their children starting at a very young age, resulting in an emotional investment of the children in the game. We also see how children of famous actors or performers tend to acquire the same talents as their parents’.

There could also be occasions where, even though the environment a child grows up in doesn’t necessarily provide support to the child’s development in specific areas, the child still becomes prodigious. Researches suggest that working memory and the cognitive function of the cerebellum are what makes a prodigal child. This theory is supported by brain imagery.

The term ‘prodigy’ itself initially only meant ‘an omen’ or ‘something extraordinary’ when it was first used in English around the 15th century. It came from the Latin word ‘prodigium.’ ‘Wunderkind’ is a German word (literally: wonder child) that is often used as a synonym to ‘prodigy.’

Aside of Mozart, prodigies we might be familiar with are Frédéric Chopin and Blaise Pascal.

“My mother said that I should finish high school and go to college first.” – Saul Kripke, an American philosopher and logician who is a prodigy, in a response to an invitation to apply for a teaching position at Harvard.

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 22 February 2021.

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#WOTD: Rambunctious
#WOTD: Trouvaille


Our #WOTD for this article is ‘rambunctious.’ Having read it on various news portals, I found the word quite intriguing.

Firstly, I like how it sounds and how easy it is to remember. When I read the word for the first time, I thought it came from British English; it just sounded like it did.

As I looked into it further, the word is actually an informal American English word, which means exuberant, lively, cheerful, boisterous. Essentially, ‘rambunctious’ is used to describe someone or something that is overly-energetic and has a cheerful manner.

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My guess about the word coming from British English was not entirely baseless, however, as there is another word that has similar meaning, ‘rumbustious,’ and the latter did come from British English.

According to Merriam-Webster, ‘rumbustious’ first appeared in Britain in 1700s. It was probably based on ‘robustious,’ which could mean both ‘robust’ and ‘boisterous.’

‘Rambunctious’ began gaining popularity in the United States by 1830. At that time, the States was a fast-growing nation that encouraged the coinage of some new words and terms that represent the nation’s optimism and exuberance.

Example of ‘rambunctious’ in a sentence:
“Bali beaches are packed with rambunctious people every weekend.”
“The rambunctious puppies apparently chewed on one of my shoes last night.”

On the same note, ‘rambunctious’ could also carry a meaning of being too full of energy that we become noisy and unruly.

“Rambunctious concert-goers caused injuries to their peers as they pushed each other to get closer to the stage.”

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, 4 February 2021.

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#WOTD: Gesticulative


Fellas, have you ever lost words in the middle of a sentence and decided to use your hands to deliver the message instead? Or have you ever met someone who moves their hands a lot while talking?

In English, we have a word to describe that type of person, ‘gesticulative.’

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The word ‘gesticulative’ came from late Middle English ‘gesture,’ which came from medieval Latin ‘gestura,’ which we can trace back to Latin ‘gerere,’ that means ‘bear, wield, perform.’ Hence, ‘gesture’ means ‘the use of posture and bodily movements for effect in oratory.’

Most English speakers would opt for the verb ‘to gesticulate’ or the noun ‘gesticulation,’ which is probably why it is hard to find the definition of ‘gesticulative.’

“He gesticulated a lot during the debate.”
“Her gesticulation is more effective than words.”

Another similar word, which is also an adjective, is ‘gesticulatory.’ Both ‘gesticulative’ and ‘gesticulatory’ mean ‘of or relating to a gesticulation.’

“He didn’t say much, not with words, at least. It was quite a gesticulative/gesticulatory conversation.”
“Pardon me for being gesticulative; I was too nervous during the speech.”

Now that we have the word ‘gesticulative’ as an addition to our vocabulary, try using it on our everyday conversation to get more familiar with it.

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 25 January 2021.

#WOTD: Cloudburst
#WOTD: Nitpick
#WOTD: Paroxysm
#WOTD: Roseate
#WOTD: Whilst

#WOTD: Nitpick

Hi fellas, have you ever corrected someone’s insignificant typo or other ignorable mistake? Well, did you know there’s a word for that? It’s “nitpick“.


Did you mean: nitpick


Nitpick” can act as a verb or a noun. The word means criticizing small and unimportant detail. For example, when your friend type “Youre welcome” in a text message and you correct him saying he missed an apostrophe, you’re nitpicking at him. When using “nitpick” as a verb with an object, you can say “nitpick at” or “nitpick about“.

Here are some example sentences with “nitpick”:

“It’s a really well-designed house, I can’t find thing to nitpick about.”

“People can nitpick all they want but I’m still proud of my first published book that I worked very hard for.”

“We get along very well although sometimes we can’t help nitpicking at each other.”

Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, March 2, 2017

#WOTD: Whilst

‘Whilst’ is a conjunction (kata sambung), a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause.

As a conjunction, ‘whilst’ means the same as ‘while‘. Both mean ‘during the time that something else happens.’


  • She reads a novel whilst waiting for her boyfriend.
  • She reads a novel while waiting for her boyfriend.

‘Whilst’ and ‘while’ indicate that two events are happening at the same time.

On going events:

  • reading a novel
  • waiting for boyfriend

Not just that, both ‘whilst’ and ‘while’ can also mean ‘in contrast with something else.’


  • Her top is white, whilst her pants are black.
  • Her top is white, while her pants are black.

Here’s another example of using ‘whilst’ in showing contrast.


  • Whilst ‘of’ refers to possession, ‘from’ refers to origins.


So, you may now ask:

When should we use ‘whilst’? Or should we use ‘while’ instead?

Actually, the real question is not ‘when’ to use them; but ‘where‘ you should use ‘whilst.’

For Americans, the word ‘whilst’ tends to have an archaic ring. ‘Whilst’ is rarely used in American English. The use of ‘whilst’ gives the impression that the writer is British. ‘Whilst’ is fairly common in British publications.

So that sums up our discussion on the word ‘whilst.’ I hope the explanation was clear enough and not too boring. However, if you still have any question on how to use ‘whilst’ (or any other topic), feel free to hit us up.


Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, February 24, 2017

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#WOTD: Cloudburst

Have you ever heard of ‘Cloudburst’? Do you know what the word means? Here are some fellas’ guesses about the word.

Awan badai –

Cloud means awan, and burst means ledakan. So cloudburst means awan puting beliung? – 
Yes, all the answers above are correct.
According to Merriam-Webster, ‘cloudburst’ is a noun which means a sudden and very heavy downpour.
The word ‘cloudburst’ was first used in the early 1800s. It may be the translation of a German noun, Wolkenbruch. Here are some synonyms of it: deluge, downpour, storm, and torrent.
Here are some examples of cloudburst in a sentence:
  1. “The weatherman warned of possible cloudbursts in the afternoon.”
  2. “On September 6, 2014, there was a cloudburst in Kashmir valley killing more than 200 people.”
Here are some other examples from our fellas:
  1. “The cloudburst on Korea two weeks ago was very terrifying.” – 
  2. “I am not able to go somewhere due to cloudburst comes at the moment.” – 
Source: dictionary.com; Merriam-webster.com
Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, November 20, 2016

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#WOTD: Eloquent

Hi, fellas! How did you spend your day?

I want to highlight that I spent my breaks from work today to watch some inspiring TED Talks. What I admire about the speakers in those talks is how eloquent they are. I think their eloquence is part of what makes their talks powerful and persuasive.

Anyway, that brings us to our #WOTD today: Eloquent.

Eloquent is an adjective. The word means having the ability to use language clearly and effectively. An eloquent person is good at speaking and persuading people. Eloquent can also mean clearly expressing feeling or meaning when the word is used to describe speech or a writing. Words synonymous to eloquent are articulate, expressive, and fluent.

In addition to the sentence that I tweeted earlier, here are more examples of how to use eloquent in a sentence:

  • Her argument was expressed so eloquently that the audience can’t help but agree with it.
  • That eloquent storyteller has published a very beautiful novel recently.


Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, November 24, 2016


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#WOTD: Clean, clear

Have you ever wondered if you’ve been using ‘clean’ and ‘clear’ correctly, fellas? Now, it has nothing to do with facial product with the same name.

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Talking about those two words will bring us to a wide and broad explanation. I would summarize it in this #WOTD post.


As adjectives

As an adjective, ‘clean’ means free from dirt, marks, or stains; morally uncontaminated, pure, innocent; free from unwanted substances.

On the other hand, ‘clear’ means obvious, visible, or easily understood.

Saying somebody’s face is clean means the face is spotless (no acne, no blemish, etc.). Saying it clear means the face is visible.

More examples, fellas.

  • I really love this town. The air is so clean. (The air is unpolluted in that town).
  • He keeps his place very clean. (His place is neat and spotless).
  • Am I making myself clear? (Am I understood/do you understand what I mean?)
  • It’s not clear yet who will be the head of the committee. (The head of the committee is not known/obvious yet).


As verbs

If the words function as verbs, ‘to clean an object’ is to remove anything that makes the object dirty.

‘To clear an object’ means to remove anything that hinders it from being obvious or visible.


  • Clean the table (Wipe off the dirt from the table).
  • Clear the table (Remove any objects on the table to create more space).

‘To cleanse’ means to clean up something by/as if by washing.


  • This purification ceremony is held to cleanse our spiritual being.
  • Don’t forget to cleanse your face before bed.

That’s what I can share for now! Hope the explanation is clear enough.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 24 October, 2016


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#WOTD: Precocious

The word we’re going to talk about in this post is ‘precocious’. Have you ever heard of it?

‘Precocious’ is an adjective used to describe an early mature in development, especially mental development. ‘Precocious’ comes from Latin word ‘praecox,’ which means ‘early ripening‘ or ‘premature.’

By 1650, English speakers turned the word ‘praecox‘ into ‘precocious’. It was used to describe plants that produced blossoms before their leaves came out.

By the 1670s, ‘precocious’ was also being used to describe humans who developed skills or talents before others typically did.

Here are some examples of it in a sentence:

  • A precocious child, she went to university at the age of 15.
  • A precocious musician, he was giving concerts when he was seven.

Here is another example from one of our fellas, @micah_adrian:

  • My cousin is a precocious girl. She thinks like an adult from such a young age and yes, she’s a very serious person.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, August 21, 2016


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#WOTD: Salience



In this occasion, we are going to discuss a word that I just discovered when reading a research on language teaching and the word is ‘salience.’ Salience (noun) means is the state or condition of being prominent. (Salient; adjective)

Oxford dictionary defines the word ‘salience’ as most noticeable or important. Meanwhile, Cambridge defines the same word as the fact of being important to or connected with what is happening or being discussed.

The word is prominently found in linguistics and other fields of studies, such as sociology, psychology, and political studies. In psychology, for example, we have ‘social salience,’ which means a set of reasons which draw an observer’s attention toward a particular object.

‘Salience’ comes from the Latin ‘salire‘, meaning ‘to leap.’

In short, we could draw a conclusion that ‘salience’ shares the same sense to ‘importance.’

Some examples of ‘salience’ in sentences are:

  • The salience of these facts was questioned by several speakers.
  • Our birthday will always be a date that jumps out at you with a lot of salience.
  • Away from these predominantly liberal arenas, however, white identity has found a more potent form of salience. (The New Yorker)
  • The researchers saw a drop in activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, part of the salience network of the brain. (Time)
  • Crises, particularly wars, may increase the salience of national considerations. (Salon)

Those are some information on the word ‘salience’ that we have gathered for you. Hope it’s clear enough to sufficiently introduce you to the word and its usage.

Thanks for your attention today!


Compiled and written by @Wisznu for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, August 11, 2016


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#WOTD: Ambrosial

Hello hey hi, fellas! How are you all?

Have you ever heard of the word ‘ambrosial’, fellas? Today we are going to talk about it!

Ambrosial is an adjective. It means highly pleasing, especially to the sense of taste.

The word ‘ambrosial’ was first used in 1590s.

It comes from Latin ambrosius, from Greek ambrosios, which means “immortal, divine”.

Ambrosial also means ‘having a pleasant smell’.

Some synonyms of ambrosial:

fragrant, aromatic, perfumed, delicious, appetizing, dainty, flavorful, delish.

Some antonyms of ambrosial:

smelly, stinky, distasteful, flavorless, tasteless, yucky.

Example use:

As I stood wiping quietly I could smell the ambrosial odours from the kitchen.

– The Friendly Road

That is all I can share for now, fellas. I hope it could be useful for you :)

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on August 2, 2016.

#WOTD: Vociferous

Vociferous [voh-sif-er-uh s] is an adjective derived from Latin word vociferārī meaning “to shout,” and “vox,” which means “voice.” The word “vociferous” entered English in the early 1600s.

According to merriam-webster, vociferous means expressing feelings or opinions in a very loud or forceful way. To be vociferous means to be strongly and vocally in support of something. You can’t act vociferously if you’re silent.

Here are some examples of the use of “vociferous” in sentences:

  • Martin Luther King vociferously worked for civil rights.
  • The decision was made over their vociferous objections.
  • The Jak Mania vociferously supports Persija in Indonesia Soccer League.




Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, July 2, 2016




#WOTD: Sartorial

Hello hey hi, fellas! How are you all?

Today we will be talking about a word!

The word is sartorial. Have you ever heard of it, fellas?

Sartorial means of or relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress. It is an adjective.

Sartorial comes from the Modern Latin word sartor which means “tailor”. The word was first used in the early 19th century.

In English, the word sartorial are used to refer to any matter pertaining to the consideration of clothing or fashion.

Example use:

They accused him of having poor sartorial taste.

Another example:

I’ve dressed up a bit in deference to Evan’s sartorial elegance.

That’s all I can share for today, fellas. I hope it could be useful for you :)

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4u on March 22, 2016.

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#WOTD: Inconnu

In this post, we will have a discussion about ‘Inconnu.’

The word inconnu’ is derived from French ‘in- + connu‘ which means ‘unknown.’

In English, ‘inconnu’ is a noun which has two meanings:

1. Another name for a sheefish.

(Source: fishretail.ru)


  • He won the fishing competition by catching an inconnu.
  1. A person who is unknown or a stranger. The plural form of this definition  is ‘inconnus.’


  • I didn’t know you. You’re an inconnu to me.


Written and compiled by @iismail21 for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 17 January, 2016


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#WOTD: Bonhomie

Have you ever heard of the word ‘bonhomie?’

‘Bonhomie’ means a pleasant and affable disposition, geniality, good-natured easy friendliness. Bonhomie is a noun. The adjective for it is ‘bonhomous’. The word is derived from French, from bonhomme meaning ‘good-humored fellow‘ or ‘good natured-man.


  • He exuded good humor and bonhomie.
  • It’s nice to see the bonhomie of strangers singing together around a campfire.

There are some synonyms of ‘bonhomie,’ such as:

  • warm
  • friendliness
  • good humor
  • closeness


Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, January 5, 2016


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Today we are going to share a #WOTD that you may not get to use everyday, but still worth to know: POSTHUMOUS.

The word is being pronounced as “post-hu-mous.”

Functioning as an adjective, it has 2 meanings:

1. Something that occurs, awarded, given, released or appearing after the death of the originator.

For example, a famous singer dies. To celebrate his career, his record releases an album after his death.

Or a soldier had given his life for his country. To honour his contribution, he was given an award after his death.

All those are examples of things that are being given or released posthumously.

Posthumous is originated (berasal) from the Latin language, from the word ‘post’ (after) and ‘humus’ (earth, soil, ground).

It was firtt used in 1600.

Here is how you can use the word in a sentence:

1. Because of his bravery, he was awarded a posthumous Military Cross.

2. Two years after she passed away, her greatest hits album is released posthumously.

Let’s do an exercise! Try to write a sentence with ‘posthumous’ in it.

@rainandaindah: @englishtips4u Because of her perseverance to get her dreams,In her school will be released a mini book about her life posthumously

Source: Dictionary.com

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 19 July 2015.

#WOTD: “Bamboozle”

Today I’d like to share one of my fave English words: BAMBOOZLE.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, bamboozle is a verb that was first used in 1703.

It has two meanings. The first one is “to deceive” (menipu), the other one is “to confuse” (membuat bingung).

Here is how you can use it in a sentence:

1. “My father was bamboozled by salesman into buying a fake gemstone in the market.”

“Ayahku ditipu oleh pedagang yang membuatnya membeli batu akik palsu di pasar.”

2. “I am completely bamboozled by the changes in the company’s regulation.”

“Saya benar-benar dibuat kebingungan oleh perubahan terbaru dalam peraturan perusahaan.”

Some words that are the synonim for bamboozle: misguided, misinformed, deceived.

Source: Merriam-Webster dictionary

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

#WOTD: “Drone”

Fellas. This thing. Once it gets approval from the US government, then it’ll be really, really cool. 

Approval = persetujuan 

It’s called Amazon Prime Air, and it’s a breakthrough service from Amazon, the online bookstore. 

Breakthrough = terobosan. 

The company is currently developing a way to deliver goods to their customers by utilising drones. 

Deliver goods = mengantar barang, utilising = menggunakan. 

Yes, our #WOTD is DRONE (pesawat tanpa awak)

Drone is getting really popular recently that Merriam-Webster online dictionary wrote a blog post about it. 

The blog post discussed the origin of the word ‘drone’. (Origin of = asal mula dari) 

The ‘official’ (resmi) definition of drone is ‘unmanned aerial vehicle’. (Unmanned = tanpa awak, aerial = bersifat udara) 

 If you check the dictionary, then the meanings of drone are “male bee” or “monotonous, sustained sound”. 

Monotonous = bersifat monoton, sustained = bertahan/berlangsung lama. 

Drones are first used in World War II as targets for the army to practice shooting. 

The targets were later nicknamed ‘drone’ because they are a bit similar to male bees. 

They leave the ‘hive’ (sarang) to perform tasks. Ans they sort of have a ‘driven’ (dikendalikan) existence. 

According to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), there are 2 types of drone:

Autonomous aircraft – which uses artificial intelligence to control itself. 

Remotely piloted aircraft – which is being controlled from afar by ‘pilot’.

Originally used for military purposes, there are uses of drones nowadays. 

It has been used for filmmaking, research and journalism (because it can reach far away places) …

As a weapon, for search and rescue effort (Tim SAR), cargo transport, crop spraying (pesawat penebar pupuk) …

Now in China they are being used to catch cheating students :D 

Do you have any idea what other functions can drones do? :D 

I think it’d be cool if one day we can use them as riderless ‘ojek’ :D

@malaannisa38: Watching over a husband what will happen along the day hehe ^_^ ”

@habibfahadA: spying us, killing machine (military). https://t.co/HJIXAhelHx

Source: Miriam-Webster, politico.com, Wikipedia, The Telegraph

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 7 June 2015.