Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Evolve” is a verb meaning to work out as a theory, to undergo evolution, to acquire new traits or to ensue or follow.
“We evolve and change and grow differently as a civilization and there is no stopping the process.”
“Devolve” is a verb meaning to transfer or to delegate a duty or responsibility to another or to a lower level, to roll down, to pass or to transfer to a worse state.
The estate will devolve to the heir and I pity the peasants and their lot when it actually occurs.”
“Revolve” is a verb meaning to rotate on an axis, to turn over or to orbit.
“”The wheel of fortune will constantly revolve and man has no say in his position on it.”
“The noun “crucifix” is a cross with an image of the crucified Christ or some other being affixed to it.
“A crucifix is often outwardly worn by priests to signal their devotion to God.”
“The noun “cross” is a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece.
“The flags of many countries will often have some form of cross on them.”
Generally the crucifix is associated with Catholicism and the cross is associated with Protestantism.
“Garnish” is a verb meaning to dress, to cover, to embellish or to decorate a part of a meal such as a salad. It can also be a noun referring to what is added to a dish to make it more appealing.
“I will garnish my salad with black lives and mushrooms.”
“Garnishee” is a verb meaning to sake a debtor’s wages, to attach, to confiscate or to impound.
“Garnishing” is a noun form of the word.
“The court has no choice but to garnishee the wages of a deadbeat dad if he refuses to take the responsibility of supporting his child.”
NOTE: One cannot “garnish” wages. “Garnishee”, with three syllables, must be used.
Identify and correct the error in the following professionally written headline.
“Only 1 in 1,000 are heart healthy”
The subject is “1″ and it is singular; therefore, the verb must also be singular.
“Only 1 in 1,000 is heart healthy”
OBSERVATION: The very sad thing is that I asked two university students to find and correct the error and neither had could identify it. Somebody is not doing his or her job! The really, really sad thing is that nobody cares.
“Asocial” means without social graces, unscrupulous or unable to conform to normal standards.
“Many people are asocial because they have no skill when dealing with others and some even become hypertensive when put into a social situation.”
“Antisocial” means shunning contact with others, standoffish or unfriendly.
“The antisocial boy hated the hypocrisy of the adults in his life and he avoided them as much as he could.”
“Per-“ is a prefix meaning “through”.
“Pro-“ is a prefix meaning priority in space or time. It also means “for”.
“Perspective” is a noun referring to a position, a feeling or a point of view, a slant or a particular attitude.
“His perspective regarding hospitals is jaded by the cruelty imposed on him in a hospital when he was a child.”
“Prospective” is an adjective meaning imminent, impending or expected. It generally refers to what will happen in the future.
“His prospective inheritance will be given to him when he gains the age of majority and, hopefully, before it is all wasted by his guardian.”
THIS IS WORTH HEEDING
“No sword bites so fiercely as an evil tongue.”
Sir Philip Sidney, an English poet and politician & soldier who lived from 1554 to 1586, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Convulse” (v.) means to be overcome with laughter, to make someone laugh or contort with laughter, to thrash about or to contort.
“Convulsion” is the noun form.
“Convulsionary” is the adjective form.
“Convulsive” is another adjective form.
“Convulsively” is the adverb form.
“The comedian was so funny he made the audience convulse with laughter.”
“Ameliorate (v.) means to improve, to make better, to amend or to improve.
“Amelioration” is the noun form.
“Ameliorable” is the adjective form.
“Ameliorative” is another adjective form.
There are five syllables in “ameliorate”.
“Meliorate” means the same as “ameliorate.”
Some good rainstorms will ameliorate the aridity of our fields.
“Gaucherie” (n.) refers to the quality of being rustic, gauche or socially awkward.
“He was unrefined and uneducated and the snob referred to him as gaucherie personified.”
“Snivelling” (v., present participle) means to talk in a tearful manner, to blubber or to sniffle.
“He was such a coward and his snivelling whining irritated the other boys and drove them to bullying him unmercifully.”
“Poignant” (adj.) means keenly distressing, aching, touching, heart-warming or inspiring.
“Poignancy” is the noun form.
“Poignantly” is the adverb form.
“Her words of condolence to the widower were poignant and touched him deeply.”