Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Method” is a noun referring to the way of doing something.
“His method of preparing himself for competition was to meditate while warming up and avoiding all outside distractions.”
“Methodology” is a noun referring to the system of methods of doing something; it is not the methods themselves.
The suffix “-ology” refers to the knowledge or science of something and is the clue to the definition.
“The methodology of building in today’s sophisticated age of space technology is phenomenal and fascinating to comprehend.”
“Exulted” is the past participle of the verb “to exult” and means to be extremely joyful.
“The young spelling genius exulted in he victory.”
“Exultant” is the adjective form.
“Exultingly” is the adverb form.
“Exultation” is the noun form.
“Exalted” means to raise something in esteem or power, to extol the virtues of someone or to intensify something.
“She earned her exalted status as a diva in the world of opera through hard work and enormous talent.”
“Exaltation” is the noun form.
In this age, the words “staunch” and “stanch” have become synonymous though they are similar in the root which means watertight.
“Staunch” is a verb meaning tight or close to.
“He has three “staunch” friends who will do anything for him.
“Stanch” is a verb meaning to stop, stem or halt.
“They used a tourniquet to stanch the flow of blood from the ruptured vessel and saved his life.”
“Emulate” is a verb with a purely positive function meaning to try to equal or to match.
“If you want to become a real actor, emulate the work standards of the classically trained and hone your craft with dedication and constant work.”
“Imitate” is a verb meaning to copy or to appear like something or someone.
“I don’t think I will imitate the self-centred and inane behaviour of today’s parade of starlets who will do anything to gain a moment in the sun.”
Identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“Its freedom to deny the same right to gay students, I guess.”
Depending on your interpretation of the meaning of the line, “Its” is either the wrong word or the group of words is not a complete thought.
“It’s freedom to deny the same right to gay students, I guess.”
“Religious diversity, that is, not sexual diversity.”
This is not a complete thought.
“Religious diversity is needed, not sexual diversity.”
“Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.”
William Shakespeare penned this aphorism in “Titus Andronicus”, Act 1 scene 2.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Repudiation” (n.) means rejecting as invalid, the exposure of falseness or pretensions, debunking or rejecting.
“Repudiate” is the verb form.
“Repudiative” is the adjective form.
“Repudiator” is the noun form for one who is rejecting or invalidating.
“My mother’s repudiation of my argument was swift and thorough and left me with no leg to stand on.”.
“Entropic” (adj.) means a lack of order or predictability or a gradual decline into disorder. It is a term taken from physics meaning a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work.
“The stock market is so entropic that chaos seems to reign supreme on a daily basis.
“Entropy” is the noun form.
“Screed” (n.) refers to a long, monotonous harangue, a long piece of tedious writing or a rant.
“The critic’s vicious criticisms often appeared in the form of screeds in a local film magazine that thrived on controversy.”
“Cretinous” (adj.) means backward, feeble-minded, dense, obtuse or slow.
“The cretinous thug was nothing more that a brutal bully and was shunned by everyone in the neighbourhood.”
“Megalomaniac” (n.) refers to an egotist, a person who has an obsessive desire for power or aa person who suffers delusions of his own power or importance.
“Mega” means large”.
“Maniac” refers to an obsessive enthusiasm or lunacy.
“Many consider Donald Trump with his TV persona and political intrusions to be a megalomaniac of epic proportions.”