Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Prostate” is a noun referring to the composite gland which surrounds the urethra of males at the base of the bladder.
“Many men suffer from an enlarged prostate, which can be a forerunner to cancer, when they grow older.”
“Prostrate” can be a verb or an adjective meaning stretched out or lying at full length along the ground.
“The defeated soldier was forced to lie prostrate in front of his captor and to acknowledge his defeat publically.”
What I present below for your consideration is newspaper prose, not poetry, so react however you want. Identify and correct the errors in the example.
“Windsor’s most famous diamond has brought new meaning to the term hot.
First because it was stolen. Then because it lived nine days in an alleged thief’s intestines. And now because the 1.7-carat gemstone has garnered interest from across the country and beyond.”
The punctuation is completely incorrect and creates a series of incomplete thoughts. It also erroneously puts directly related ideas into two separate paragraphs, and this can cause confusion.
“Windsor’s most famous diamond has brought new meaning to the term hot: first, because it was stolen; then, because it lived nine days in an alleged thief’s intestines; and now, because the 1.7-carat gemstone has garnered interest from across the country and beyond.”
FRONT PAGE FOLLIES
Identify and correct the errors in the examples below. Be sure to cite reasons to back up your choices.
“A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault on a 71-year-old woman who he took on a harrowing four-hour ride through snowy rural roads three years ago, threatening to kill her along the way and assaulting her in a deserted church parking lot.”
“Who” is subjective and should be the objective “whom”.
“A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault on a 71-year-old woman whom he took on a harrowing four-hour ride through snowy rural roads three years ago, threatening to kill her along the way and assaulting her in a deserted church parking lot.”
“Pair of beavers move in at Pelee”
“Pair” is a singular, collective noun and demands a singular verb.
“Pair of beavers moves in at Pelee”
“Coarse” is an adjective meaning lacking refinement, abrasive, tasteless, rough or harsh.
“”His coarse language and uncouth attitude caused the women in the park to shy away from him if fear and disgust.”
“Course” is a noun referring to a mode of action, a series of instructions, a line of action or a part of a meal. It can also be used as part of an adverb phrase meaning naturally.
“The course of the river had been cut through the mountains over centuries of erosion.”
“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
Helen Keller, a blind and deaf American educator who lived from 1880 to 1968, wrote this.
(I would prefer she had used the word “respect” but her intent was correct.)
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Loathsome” (adj.) means unwholesome, offensive, disgusting, distasteful, revolting or repellant.
“The smell of dead bodies in the cellar was loathsome and caused many of the investigators to want to retch in disgust.”
“Saccharine” (adj.) means overly sweet, cloying or syrupy.
“The saccharine softness of the announcer’s voice was intended to be sexy but was treated as phony by most listeners.”
“Follies” (n.) is only the plural of “folly”. It means foolishness, unwiseness, stupidity or senselessness.”
“The follies and silliness of drunken men can sometimes have dire consequences.”
BONUS: take a GOLD STAR for relating “follies” to the stupid or senseless sentence construction of both examples cited this day.
“Inundate” (v.) means to deluge, flood, swamp or overburden.
“Lawyers who want to delay or prolong a trial will often deluge the court with thousands of documents that bear little or no relevance to the trial.”