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Mind Boggling English, “Start From Scratch”

How is the word ‘dotard’ pronounced? 

When Kim Jong-Un took a jab at Donald Trump by calling him a ‘dotard’, people made a beeline for the dictionary. For several hours, it was the most referred to word in most online dictionaries. The first syllable ‘dot’ rhymes with ‘boat’, ‘coat’ and ‘goat’, and the final ‘ar’ is like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The word is pronounced ‘DOAT-ed’ with the stress on the first syllable. It comes from the German ‘doten’ meaning ‘to be foolish’. The word is used nowadays to mean an old person who has become feeble — both physically and mentally.

It’s time to replace the dotards that have been running the company.

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By Rehanaa Khan

At times we think we should give up, but if it's worth fighting for then fight for what's right.

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