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Wednesday, 13 March 2013


- A clumsy social error; a faux pas.
- A blatant mistake or misjudgment.

Usage :
- He realized that he had committed an awful GAFFE when he mispronounced her name.
- Home Secretary expresses regret over GAFFE of naming the rape victims.
- Italy president snubs German candidate over clown GAFFE.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


- A harmless pill prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect.
- Something of no intrinsic remedial value that is used to appease or reassure another.

Usage / Examples :
- Are Sleeping Aids Effective or Just A Placebo Effect?
- The reason for these other trials being positive was the placebo effect.
- Placebo effect alone can work for some.