Here are three words that are often used interchangeably and, very often, incorrectly.
Define “espouse” and identify what part of speech it is.
Define “expound” and identify what part of speech it is.
Define “expand” and identify what part of speech it is.
Create sentences for each of the three words, “espouse”, “expound” and “expand” that express the different meaning of each word.
A GOOD OBSERVATION
I was reading a column titled “Foul-mouthed politicians irresponsible” by Michael Den Tandt in today’s Windsor Star and I was intrigued by one of his observations, particularly because it reflects the reason for writing this blog. He wrote: “George Orwell wrote in 1946, in Politics and the English Language: ‘An effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in intensified form, and so on indefinitely. … It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.’ ”
I suggest thinking about this when writing and speaking, all in an effort to maintain the very best standards of language use.
The word for today is “pretext”.
What part of speech is “pretext”?
Define “pretext” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.
Try to use “pretext” in your speech today.
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