1400 REASONS TO CELEBRATE
I am crowing a bit because today’s blog is entry # 1,400. I am proud of the longevity of Michael’s English Usage and I thank all who have befriended and followed the blog.
I have always had one clear and singular objective: to improve our use of English. Correct communication is the only acceptable prerogative.
I thank all who have supported my crusade with their words of encouragement to keep going. Additionally, I thank those who have pointed out my errors and have challenged me to live up to the demands I have unmitigatedly placed on professional writers and speakers.
Without trying to be too cynical, I also thank all the contributors who have been fodder for my English correctness rants. Hopefully, singling them out for scrutiny on a continuing basis will spur them to careful editing and presentations.
Now, the challenge continues.
READ CLOSELY AND CAREFULLY
Read the following pieces and identify the errors in each. Explain and correct the errors.
“ ‘I think it’s rather amazing … incredible, when you think of the economy in Windsor and people leaving,’ said Counc. Hilary Payne. Himself the city’s top bureaucrat from 1976 to 1994, Payne paid an early morning visit to treasurer Onorio Colucci Thursday to get a better understanding of how it was done.”
Doug Schmidt, “Taxman won’t get more in proposed city budget”, The Windsor Star, Friday, February 24, 2012.
“He said that while these cases are tough to prosecute, they are still worth while if they ‘shed light on what took place.”
Trevor Wilhelm, “Man acquitted of sex assault on girl”, The Windsor Star, Friday, February 24, 2012.
The word for today is “puckish”.
What part of speech is “puckish”?
Define “puckish” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.
BONUS: Identify the classical association of “puckish” and receive a GOLD STAR.
CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS
Corrections and explanations of this week’s entries will be posted Sunday.