(plural: ‘streakers‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who runs, usually naked (without any clothes on), in public places for no particular purpose other than seeking public attention or as an indecent practical joke (prank),
When Ben got bored, he used to try several pranks to amuse himself, and being a streaker was one them, until one day while he was streaking across a hockey field during break time, the coach of a team caught him and slammed him on to the field until he was unconscious.
Though it seems fun, streaking in public places is not only an indecent act but also a crime, and streakers must be punished in such a way that it should send streaks of cold through the would-be streakers!
The organisers of the ‘Run 2 Help’ fundraising activity have instructed their volunteers to look out for streakers who might mix in with the genuine racers but may start steaking some where half way through the race to get instant cheap publicity.
(also ‘man of straw‘; plural: ‘straw men’ and ‘men of straw’; for the right pronunciation of this phrase,
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a person (or an idea or argument) that is weak and easy to win;
a person of no value or importance;
a person who is not what he pretends to be; an imposter;
an unimportant person used as a cover for some illegal activity;
a person who appears to be powerful or important in position but in fact without any power,
When James stood up to present his argument before the committee, everybody thought he was being a straw man; however, as the meeting progressed, he proved that he was no straw man nor was his argument.
It’s understood that men in high positions keep some men of straw on their pay rolls so that whenever there is a problem, they can bring those men of straw to the front and they themselves keep clear of it.
We often see some men of straw who appear to be very powerful and important but when it comes to getting things done in their own domain, they fail miserably and blame somebody else for their inefficiency and meekness.
(plural: ‘strategists‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who is an expert in drawing a plan of action;
a person who knows how to win a war, or some high level dispute, by planning attacks and defences, keeping the opponents approach in mind well in advance,
My son, Mash Bonigala, is a business strategist; he knows how to plan a business within the budget and knows how to make use of the sources to the maximum.
When it comes to politics, the political parties have strategists who understand the people’s minds as well as the opposition parties’ moves, and plan accordingly as to whom to stand for which position and how to approach a particular group of people and how much to spend during election season.
Chess players are the best war strategists who know how to move their armed forces for an attack while still predicting their opponents moves well in advance.
(plural: ‘straphangers‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a passenger who travels on public transport, on a local bus or train, standing as all the seats are filled up and holds/hangs on to the strap with a loop to keep his/her balance while the vehicle is in motion;
a person who travels or likes to travel on local public transport, especially a bus or train,
Though he can afford a taxi ride to his office or buy a car for himself, Uncle Tom prefers to travel on local buses and thus has won the title ‘straphanger’.
It’s a common site to see a number of straphangers on buses and trains in the cities, especially during rush hours as the seats fill up and many commuters are forced to reach their destinations on time taking the ride standing.
Some politicians play the role of straphangers to publicise that they are as common as their voters, although being aware of the fact that it costs the commoners more when their ‘common friends’ travel on public transport as more number of police officers in plain clothes and secret agents travel along with them and several secret service vehicles follow the buses they are on for security reasons!
(plural: ‘stangers‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who is not known, not a friend; an unknown person;
a person new to a place; a visitor or guest;
a person who does not know or does not have any experience, as in a particular language or in using a device/tool, etc;
(in Law) a person who is not a legal party in a legal matter,
Little John is too young to know that a stranger is not a person who looks strange in appearance or in actions but a normal person whom you don’t know personally or new to a place.
When Martha saw a stranger at her garden gate, she immediately took the broom stick into her hands and shouted to him not to come any closer to the house because there have been several incidents of crime in her locality recently.
Even though Richard is not a stranger to computers, he often feels like a fish out of water with the some strange applications that are actually meant to make Internet users feel comfortable.
Though parents and teachers warn their children repeatedly not to talk to strangers as some strangers may hurt them or kidnap them, some children are so curious that they forget the warnings once they see something interesting in the strangers’ hands and go with them.
Mark and Leslie felt very homely in the village they had to stop when their car broke down as the people there were very friendly and never gave them the feeling that they were total strangers to them.
(plural: ‘stragglers‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who falls behind others as in a race or competition;
a person who strays from the correct or original course; a strayer,
Omar used to be a straggler at school and almost every teacher had trouble getting him back on track every now and then.
Most sports persons appreciate the culture of the spectators’ accepting stragglers more than they do the winners because the sportsman spirit is more in the fair participation in a race than in actually winning it.
Whenever there is an evacuation emergency due to storms or tsunamis in the coastal regions, the official have hell of a problem to convince the stragglers who refuse to leave their homes and property.
(plural: ‘stowaways‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who gets on a ship, plane or other vehicle without having proper or valid documents and without paying money/fare and travels hiding somewhere on the vehicle,
When security officials catch a stowaway, they are not usually happy as catching a stowaway is one thing but keeping him/her safe until they present him/her in a court of law is entirely another thing because of the legal risks involved.
It’s surprising to learn how many stowaways on ships, plane and trains are caught taking a free ride every day, and even more surprising is that most of those stowaways are illegal immigrants who risk their lives to stow away from their countries to enter the countries they think they can live in comfort.
The railroad/railway authorities got very much worried about their security system when they found out that there were more number of stowaways than the genuine passengers on their trains, including super fast trains!
(plural: ‘storytellers‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who tells (or writes) stories, either real or imaginary, in order to amuse others;
a person who usually speaks (or writes) with some relevant amusing and often real stories or events to make his/her point or statement more interesting or real/authentic;
a person, usually a child, who tells lies; a liar,
I don’t know about the present but in the past, almost every grandparent was a storyteller who entertained his/her grandchildren by telling them amazing stories, often stories based on the religious scriptures, fairy tales or simply made-up stories of the day to day events.
As there were no written records of past events, the storytellers of the past were believed and much respected by the clan or tribe because they were the ones who remembered the past events and often cleared the confusion, worry and suspicion in the minds of the clan or tribe with their stories, and of course, they inspired desperate people, too.
There are different types of storytellers: oral storytellers, who tell about the past events from their memory; visual storytellers, who tell stories by drawing pictures — artists, comic book writers and film makers; writers, who writes down the stories, especially the past events, records; and the present day digital storytellers, who tell (or report) events and everyday happenings in an interesting way with pictures, graphics and sound — news media and websites, especially aiming business and politics; and of course, the business people and politicians!
It’s an established fact that business persons and politicians are expert storytellers who spin stories to get their merchandise sold and to get votes and to avoid being blamed for their failures and blunders.
(also ‘storm petrel’; plural: ‘stormy petrels‘)
a person who causes or brings trouble or discord among people;
a person who always gets into controversies;
I never understood why my dad was called a stormy petrel until I grew up and he started causing me a lot of trouble with his controversies at home, his workplace and at community hall meetings.
Every political party has some stormy petrels who stir-up trouble by taking up forbidden issues for discussions for their own party and their Opposition parties, especially at the time of elections.
Some company managements try to bribe those storm petrels in the labour Unions who bring in trouble for the companies by instigating their colleagues to demand for more pay and fewer working hours or for free medical aid.
a person who owns, manages or works at a store/shop;
a petty officer in charge of supplies — food, drinks, clothes and other item — in the Army or the Navy,
Young Jason took up a job as a storekeeper in one of the local branch of a chain of stores and did his job so well that the boss promoted his as the Chief storekeeper which necessitated him to visit other branches to supervise the work of the branch storekeepers.
As supermarkets, malls and mega malls are encroaching the town and village markets, most local storekeepers who have been giving jobs to the local youth are forced to close their stores and look for jobs for them selves.
Storekeepers on warships must be very alert and very good at his job of storing all the things needed on their ships which may not call a port in a month or, at times, in three months because if anything is missing or needed, there is no way the storekeepers can place an order and get the goods supplied as they do onshore!