Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Arrant” notorious, thoroughly shameless, gross, bloody or thunderous.
“He was an arrogant and arrant brute who abused and preyed on young women”
“Errant” is an adjective meaning wandering, capable of making an error or undependable.
“The metaphor of Don Quixote is that he is a knight errant seeking unattainable romance.”
SURPRISE! A TEST
Each of the sentences below has a common error.
Identify and correct the errors. Be sure to give reasons to support your corrections.
Can we talk?
“Can” means able to do something. The intent is otherwise?
May we talk?
I can’t help but fall in love with you.
This is non-standard English; a gerund is required.
I can’t help falling in love with you.
He stared acrossed the aisle at me.
“Acrossed” is not a word.
He stared across the aisle at me.
Things looked badly for the Mudville nine.
The senses demand adjectives be used rather than adverbs.
Things looked bad for the Mudville nine.
The reason he left is because he was frustrated.
The noun “reason” needs an adjective modifier, not a subordinate conjunction.
The reason he left is that he was frustrated.
We shuttled between New York to Chicago.
Never use “to” with “between”.
We shuttled between New York and Chicago.
He did a great job of administrating the estate.
“Administrating” is an incorrect form of “administer”.
He did a great job of administering the estate.
You’ve really got ahold on me.
There is no such word as “ahold”.
You’ve really got a hold on me.
I put the pen somewheres around here.
“There is no such word as “somewheres”.
I put the pen somewheres around here.
That is where I am at right now.
Do not use “at” after “where”.
That is where I am right now.
“Envious” is an adjective meaning extreme cupidity, covetousness of what others have and one lacks.
“I am envious of your huge collection of DVDs.”
“Envy” is the noun form.
“Enviousness” is another noun form.
“Enviously” is the adverb form.
“Jealous” is an adjective meaning feeling an envious resentment of the achievements, possessions or perceived advantages of another.
“Jealousy” is the noun form.
“Jealously” is the adverb form.
“The teenager was jealous of her boyfriend’s attraction to other girls.”
Riffle” is a verb meaning to flick through as a ream of paper , to sort as a deck of cards or to shuffle.
The first syllable is pronounced as in the word “with”.
“The boys riffle through the deck of cards trying to find the card the magician made disappear.”
“Rifle” is a verb meaning to take wrongly, to despoil or lay waste to or to steal.
“The scavengers rifle through the meager contents of the devastated village in hopes of finding something they can trade for food.”
“Magnificent” is an adjective meaning extremely beautiful, elaborate or impressive.
“The jewellery worn by Queen Elizabeth at state functions is magnificent and beyond price.”
“Munificent” is an adjective meaning characterized by or displaying great generosity, lavishness or opulence.
“The munificent Warren Buffett is giving away billions of dollars to worthy causes that are very much in need around the world.
THINK OFTEN ABOUT THIS
“When you have given nothing, ask for nothing.”
This is an old Albanian proverb.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Apocryphal” (adj.) means of questionable authenticity, alleged or so-called.
“The apocryphal book, “The DaVinci Code”, challenged some Church beliefs and was enormously popular.”
“Disdain” (n. or v.) means to look down upon, to reject with contempt, to scorn or to despise. It is also be a noun.
“Church scholars and believers disdain the theories put forward by Dan Brown in the book.”
“Espousal” (n.) refers to the act of becoming betrothed or to an act of adopting or supporting a cause, belief or way of life.
“Brown’s literary espousal of Christ having a wife has been always been rejected but it is an interesting historical twist.”
“Utterly” (adv.) means absolutely, completely, perfectly or entirely.
“Utterance” is a noun form.
“Utter” is an adjective and an verb form.
“Utterance” is another noun form.
“Such a philosophy is utterly unacceptable to people who call themselves true believers.”
Harbinger” (n.) refers to a forerunner, a herald or a precursor.
“Perhaps Brown’s book was a harbinger of the latest papyrus fragment that discusses a wife of Christ.”
I found no errors in the articles I read this week in my local paper, The Windsor Star. Bravo! Keep up the good work.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA!
Monday, October 8, is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and there will be no post that day.