A pleonasm refers to the use of more words than they are necessary to express an idea i.e., redundancy. It is derived from a Greek word that means ‘excess’. Some people complicate the language for no reason. They have a habit of using redundant in sentences or with the combination of unwanted words.

In other words, a pleonasm is a redundant and tautological phrase or clause.

For example,

Judy is the cousin of Joshua.

Not: Judy is the cousin sister of Joshua.

  • Tuna fish burger: We ordered a fish burger last night.
  • My own eyes: I saw him with my eyes and confirm that he was behind this crime.
  • Free gift: Every child loves to have a gift.
  • Foreign imports: Most reading glasses are imports from Germany.
  • ATM machines: you will have many ATMs in the vicinity, but a couple of them are out of operation today.
  • Actual facts: It is always unwise to judge anyone until all facts are in.
  • Busy in: James was busy gathering the required papers the other day.
  • Circle around: When you circle the building, you will see a puppy near the bench.
  • Could possibly: You could either accept or reject the validity of this paper.
  • Current incumbent: The higher voting percentage suggests that the incumbent government will be defeated in this election.
  • Crisis situation: during the financial crisis in the USA, there was a ripple effect on the banks worldwide.
  • Confused state: I am confused about whether to accept this proposal or not.
  • Cope up with something: he was not able to cope with the stress and the strains of the job, and hence he quit.
  • Discuss on/about: We discussed this matter at length.
  • Drop down: the topline revenues dropped to $13 million last year.
  • Down south/ up north: As you move towards the north, the temperature will get cooler.
  • Empty out: ‘Empty his pocket’ was a scream from the back.
  • False pretense: Politicians are masters in engineering falsehoods and pretenses.
  • Frozen tundra: North Asia is an arctic tundra in the winter time and therefore it is not a recommended neighborhood to live in.
  • Hear with my own ears: I heard him clearly owning up to his few mistakes.
  • Gather together: We gathered to discuss this matter last evening.
  • It’s déjà vu all over again: A shiver crept down my spine as I experienced a sense of déjà vu.  
  • Join together: Why don’t you join us tonight?
  • Lift up: The US fed lifted the interest rate this month and cleared the uncertainties in the stock market.
  • Meet together: Let’s all meet this weekend and have fun.
  • New innovation: This innovation will disrupt the Information Technology world.
  • Open up: Open the door. (open up means begin shooting).
  • PIN number: Don’t ever share your PIN with anyone.
  • Pursue after: I pursued this plan wholeheartedly so I don’t think that I can disown it.
  • Raise up: It is time that the company has to raise the salary package of seniors.
  • Revert back: Once you receive the email, please revert immediately.
  • Safe haven: Some countries are a tax haven for tax evaders.
  • Total destruction: The earthquake wreaked havoc and the city witnessed destruction at every corner of it.
  • True fact: The fact remains unchallenged forever.
  • Ultimate goal: my goal is to train students for a good score in the IELTS exam.
  • Visible to the eyes: It is visible; one does not need to put efforts for the same.

Artificial Intelligence arrives earlier than anticipation

Two decades back when the idea of self-driving car was taking place, perhaps most people doubted saying it was just a Science fiction. Hollywood movies off and on showed and glorified this incredible idea in movies, such as the Bond series and MIB, but we refused to accept it – or some might have accepted it for the later stage. Did they realize that this technology would become a reality – earlier than anticipation?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has arrived and gradually making some space in our day-to-day life. In fact, AI-dominated landscape is approaching fast, even accelerating. I would say it is already here: we use Google’s assistant, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. Amazon’s low-latency Alexa plays music of my choice and helps me go back to my world.

AI seems to be a big industry which could propel the growth engine for many countries. As usual, the US and European countries are the first in the race to embrace this life-changing technology we could certainly expect the updated academic curriculum from them for students – potential innovators of the world. A career in AI would be challenging and fun for students, but it would keep them on their toes.

Considering the ever-growing significance of AI and robotics, we have rounded up a few American Schools for this course:

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) Stanford University (Stand
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, MA) University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
Columbia University (New York City, NY) University of Texas (Austin, TX)
University of California, Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, CA)

University of Michigan (Ann Harbor, MI)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)
University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign, IL) University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA) Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City, SD)
Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)  


Don’t be a victim of the marriage fraud

It is not an entirely new sensation to come across the stories of marriage-fraud victims intending to immigrate to various countries; most popular destinations are USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and other European countries.

Some people know about their ineligibility to immigrate to such countries or others might realize hard to navigate the official channels to make their new homes. So, what happens then? There are many scammers who would advise them to marry someone to jump the immigration line.

Those who have craze of settling in these countries, they go to any lengths to fulfill their desires. And more often they get entangled into a vicious circle of deceit, crime and loss of their hard-earned money. At worst, they are banned to enter some countries forever or for some years. I have arranged a video with such stories from the official website of the Government of Canada. Think twice before committing such immigration frauds.

StudyGroup offers scholarships to Indian Students

Selecting which university to attend can be a difficult decision for your students. By offering a variety of scholarship opportunities, Study Group is working towards making that decision easier.

Baylor University: Ranked #75 University in the USA by U.S. News and World Report

  • Campus-funded scholarships are available (for direct entry). All students are automatically considered

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  • Campus-funded scholarships available to students

James Madison University: #4 Public School – Regional Universities South by U.S. News and World Report, 2018

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group

Lipscomb University: Ranked #181 National University by U.S. News and World Report

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group

Oglethorpe University: #33 America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges, Forbes, 2015

  • “Special Presidential Scholarships” available to students who confirm prior to 30 June
  • $10,000 Robinson Scholarship (2.5-2.9 GPA)  for Direct Admit or International Year (Fall intake)
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  • $20,000 Weltner Scholarship (3.5-4.0 GPA) for Direct Admit or International Year (Fall intake)
  • Study Group-funded merit-based scholarship of $5,000 to International Year students

Roosevelt University: #3 Campus Ethnic Diversity – Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group
  • $3,500 scholarship available for International Year students who have graduated from the ISC and are progressing to full-time study at Roosevelt

Royal Roads University: Graded “A” for quality of teaching and learning, Canadian University Report

  • Scholarships based on academic criteria are available for International Year applicants.

University of Vermont: #41 Top Public Universities by U.S. News and World Report, 2018

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group

West Virginia University: #99 Top Public Universities by U.S. News and World Report, 2018

  • Campus-funded scholarships available to students

USA – Top 10 jobs with a handsome pay

The 10 most in-demand jobs in the USA

Current unemployment rate is 4.4% and inflation rate is 2.20%

Which occupation could assure me of a lifelong job security? Which occupations are trending now? These are complex questions. Oftentimes it is hard to find the right answer. We have no idea whether a specific occupation will remain in demand or increase demand in the future. One misstep could destroy the career of someone and may put him backwards only to switch it at a later stage. This article may help you find the right answer in the context of the US labor market. Here are top ten unmissable jobs with the most potential (medical occupations are in exception):


  1. Software Application Developers

 Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer systems engineering or software engineering with practical experience for entry-level

Job outlook: It is estimated that this occupation will witness around 25 per cent growth in the coming decades yet. Technology surrounds us all the time and innovators and software application developers are never going to be out of demand. Not only is a solid demand that is on the table, but engineers in this occupation are paid high salaries. The breakthrough technologies and ongoing revolution in mobile device industry cements a stable growth in coming years. So get on the board and build the world of future.

Median salary: $85,000


  1. Patents Attorneys

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in law and successful completion of bar exam and a completion of period of articling. Licensing is also required by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and passing the patent bar exam.

Job outlook: Intellectual property is given a lot of significance, especially when certain patents could make large corporations earn windfall profits. There is no doubt that highest-paying and most-in-demand jobs are available in the tech industry, but reliance on the patent registration plays a crucial role for corporations and innovators. The importance of IP is certainly neglected in some parts of the world to some extent and therefore this occupation is sidelined citing there is no future.

 Median salary: $118,160


  1. Architectural Designers:

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in architecture with additional on-the-job training needed to gain competency in the skills. Registration with the relevant body is compulsory by passing a registering exam.

Job outlook: After the 2008-financial meltdown, the construction industry witnessed slowdown in business activities and there was an evident soft demand for architects. However, the 2016 turned out to be better than expected in the economic recovery and business activities in the US. Civil contracting corporations are experiencing a nascent uptick and home buyers are back.  There exists a steep competition among architects as a high number of students are graduating with degree in architecture. Yet, architects with the sound competency along with the eccentric designing ideas make it easily.

Median salary: $76,930


  1. Engineering Managers

 Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in computer or information science with related work experience is usually required.

Job outlook: The tech industry has been one of the main industries and largest contributors to the US GDP over the decades. The coveted high-paying jobs in the tech industry may witness around 12 per cent growth from 2018 until 2026. It is faster than the average for all occupations. Companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yelp have openings for this role.

Median salary: $135,800


  1. Veterinarian Doctors

Training needed: Minimum degree required is Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine with the state license

Job outlook: Are you an animal lover who wants to make the world more compassionate? If yes, then there could be no better job for you than this. The good news is the employment opportunity in this sector is expected to grow by 19 per cent until 2026, quite faster than the average for all occupations. Go help your loved ones!

Median Salary: $88,770


  1. Pharmacists

Training needed: Minimum degree required is Pharm. D with licensing that requires passing two exams

Job outlook: The US alone has more than 45 percent of global pharmaceutical market with the world’s leading giants, such as Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi, Merck, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis and among others. There is no doubt that more students are graduating in Pharm. D each year. Yet it is believed that this occupation has not lost the steam.

 Median salary: $122,230


  1. Finance Managers and Financial analysts

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in Finance (preferred), Economics or Commerce is usually required with the work experience of several years.

Job outlook: Do you want to watch and analyze the fighting between bulls and bears of the Wall Street? Or do you want to work with giants such as Amazon or NBC as a financial manager? Does the magic of numbers naturally ring the bell for you? If yes, then be a part of the financial world of the US which enjoys the highest GDP of $19 trillion. There are several core functions of finance managers, including risk management and cash management which are in a solid demand, and continue to grow higher.

Median salary: $121,750


  1. Biomedical Engineers

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering or in a related field.

Job outlook: According to Melissa Burns, “biomedical engineers are the research elite of the medical profession. They develop new solutions in medical care; enjoy great respect and high salaries. Humankind today is more concerned with preserving and improving general health of people than ever, and high-tech improvements in this field are going to become more important in the years to come.” Demand for biomedical engineers is expected to increase by 27 percent in the next 10 years.

Median salary: $85,620


  1. Product Marketing Managers

 Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in marketing. An advanced MBA degree in the same field is more desirable.

Job outlook: Greed is good. That is what Harvard School teaches you, isn’t it? All the large corporations are in pursuit of swelling their top and bottom line. They can do so only by increasing their sales turnover of existing and new products. Ergo, there is an acute need of highly talented marketing managers who could come up with new ideas to snap the market share. It is a very competitive job position though.

Median salary: $127,560


  1. Psychologists

Training needed: Usually a doctorate degree in psychology is required with a license. A graduate degree may be sufficient for some positions.

Job outlook: As we learn more about how the human brain works, specialists in this sphere are going to be in great demand in the years to come. Psychological well-being is prioritized and there is a big section of our society which really needs a helping hand for their betterment.

Median salary: $75,230