Saturday, May 26, 2001
W O R D  P O W E R

All Airs

To give oneself airs: To assume a superiority which one is not entitled to or not worthy of.

— I don’t like her company because she’s always giving herself airs.

To air one’s opinion: To state one’s opinion in public.

—Lal does not hesitate to air his views about women’s rights.

To build castles in the air: To build up hopes or make plans that are unlikely to be realised.

— Anita is often facing disappointments because she simply can’t stop building castles in the air.

Clear the air: To remove misunderstanding, suspicion, etc, from a situation by having an open discussion.

— We must clear the air otherwise our relationship with them is going to be a very strained one.


Walk on air:
To feel very happy.

— If she achieves complete success in this project she is bound to walk on air.

Vanish into thin air: To disappear completely, (often suddenly or mysteriously)

— We were following the boy in the woods when suddenly he vanished into thin air.

With one’s nose in the air: When one thinks one is superior to the other people.

— I don’t think I can ever be friends with him again. At the party he simply walked passed us with his nose in the air.

Go off the air: Stop broadcasting on radio or television.

— This serial will go off the air next month.


Use the jumbled words with the word AIR to make meaningful words:


Looking back

Pin money: When pins were first invented in the 14th century, they were so scarce and expensive that the women required a special allowance to buy them. So the money given by a husband to his wife or by a father to his daughter to buy pins was called pin money. Much later the pins became cheaper, but the words "pin money" continued to be used for the extra allowance for the personal use of a woman.


The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him. — Emerson

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by Illa Vij