Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
“I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.”
“I changed my I Pod name to Titanic . It’s syncing now.”
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“Any nugget you pick up around the rink that you think is a scoop is probably bunk: Either intentional misinformation or outright disinformation.”
Why is there a colon after “bunk”? The punctuation is incorrect. There should be two sentences.
“Any nugget you pick up around the rink that you think is a scoop is probably bunk. Either it is intentional misinformation or outright disinformation.”
“They used admit it was upper-body or lower-body, now it’s just ‘body.’ A guy could show up encased from head to toe in a body cast, with a breathing tube and catheter, and he’d be listed as day-to-day.”
The first sentence does not make sense because a word was left out.
The first sentence has a comma splice which makes it a run-on sentence. A semi-colon is needed after “body”.
The commas after “cast” and “catheter” are not needed and should not have been inserted.
“They used to admit it was upper-body or lower-body; now it’s just ‘body.’ A guy could show up encased from head to toe in a body cast with a breathing tube and catheter and he’d be listed as day-to-day.”
MORE IMPORTANTLY/MOST ALWAYS/MUCHLY/MAJORLY
“More importantly” is pompous and incorrect because it is seldom adverbial in intention.
Use “more important”.
“It is more important to know the basics of writing before trying to be poetic.”
“Most always” is a casual, slangy way of saying “almost always” and should be avoided.
“I almost always use perfect English when writing and speaking.”
“Muchly” is nonstandard. Drop the “-ly” ending from “much” or substitute the word “very”.
“I love her very much.”
“Majorly” is slang and should not be used in formal writing or even speech. Use “extremely” when appropriate.
“He was extremely worried about keeping his grade average up so he could secure a scholarship to university.”
“Disparate” is an adjective meaning fundamentally different or distinct.
“Their disparate political and religious beliefs led to many loud and contentious arguments.”
“Desperate” is an adjective meaning grievous, dangerous, forlorn, crucial or serious.
“Her desperate cry for help was emotional and full of dread and anxiety.”
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“Former council candidate Jason Lavigne said the town’s financial state is devastating. ‘How many employees do we have that rely on the county for income?’ he said. ‘Let’s face facts paycheques are daily bills. Is he saying he might not be able to make payroll? Should workers be socking away money?’ ”
The tenses should be kept consistent in the first sentence.
“That” should not be used to refer to people.
“He said” should be “He asked” because it is a question.
“Let’s face facts…” begins a run on sentence and should be punctuated.
“Paycheques” should be two words.
“Former council candidate Jason Lavigne said the town’s financial state was devastating. ‘How many employees do we have who rely on the county for income?’ he asked. ‘Let’s face facts; pay cheques are daily bills. Is he saying he might not be able to make payroll? Should workers be socking away money?’ ”
“Prostate cancer has one of the highest prevalence rates among men. One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.”
“Their” is plural and a singular pronoun should be used.
“Prostate cancer has one of the highest prevalence rates among men. One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.”
“Francis was quick to add, however: ‘I’ve met with (Progressive Conservative leader Tim) Hudak, I’ve met with (NDP leader Andrea) Horvath.’ ”
The punctuation after “Hudak” is incorrect; it should be a period or a semi-colon.
“Francis was quick to add, however: ‘I’ve met with (Progressive Conservative leader Tim) Hudak; I’ve met with (NDP leader Andrea) Horvath.’ ”
THERE IS A LESSON HERE
“Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught.”
William Shakespeare, English dramatist, poet and actor who lived from 1564 to 1616, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Gnostic” (adj.) means possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things or relating to superior knowledge.
“Certain early Christian sects called themselves gnostic and claimed they had superior knowledge of the creation of man.”
The antonym is “agnostic” meaning that the creation of man is unknown.
“Muddle” (v.) means to make obscure, to obfuscate or to make unclear. It can also be a noun.
“I know the problems are difficult, but we must persevere and muddle through and try to solve them.”
“Jocose” (adj.) means jesting, jocular, facetious or witty.
“The professional clown is jocose and entertaining and always amusing.”
“Plutocracy” (n.) is a political system governed by the wealthy or a system whereby a class or group rules by virtue of its wealth.
“Plutocrat” is a noun form.
“Plutocratic” is the adjective form.
“Gordon Gecko, in the movie “Wall Street”, believed in a plutocracy whereby he had entitlement because of his avariciousness.”
Monday is CANADA DAY and there will be no posting. See you Tuesday.
HAPPY CANADA DAY