I congratulate Sylvia Rector of the Detroit Free Press, for writing, and The Windsor Star, for running, the story “Do you need change, you guys?”
The story reinforces one of my major Pet Peeves, the use of “you guys” by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances, especially when it is used to address a mixed group of men and women. “You guys” is insulting, too familiar, too casual, too disrespectful and absolutely unacceptable.
Well done. Now, get the message out!
I should not have to do this one, but here it is because I know the words are misused all the time.
Explain the difference between the words “real” and “really“.
What part of speech is each word?
Use “real” and “really” in sentences that display their meanings and correct use.
Identify the author of the following. (We may not know or remember the author but we can embrace the idea.)
“Only the educated are free.”
The word for today is “ribald“.
What part of speech is “ribald“?
Define “ribald” and use it in a sentence.
REMEMBER THE PROCESS
Mondays through Fridays I present some form of English usage challenge and ask you to correct grammar errors, use words properly, explain word differences or answer questions about punctuation, all in an attempt to improve the use of the English language.
The special sections, such as Pet Peeves, Special Quotations and Rule of the Day, are meant to reflect and re-enforce the philosophy that, “we can always do better”.
On Sundays, I post all the corrections and explanations for the past week’s entries. This is a process to challenge you to think, to do the assignments and to return later to get the answers. It is a simple Socratic teaching method that is meant to help the learning and memory curve.