Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
MONDAY PUN DAY
Enjoy the cleverness, or silliness.
“She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.”
“I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.”
“To rend” means “to tear”.
Upsetting events can make one feel terribly sad.
“The loss of our mother was heart-rending.”
“To wrench” means “to twist”.
Upsetting events can be stomach- or gut-wrenching or agonizing.
“The torture was literally gut-wrenching and purposely morbidly cruel.”
The rule is to not mix up the terms and say “heart-wrenching” or “gut-rending”.
MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
Words like “barely”, “hardly” and “scarcely” have a negative sense and should not be used with another negative.
“He couldn’t hardly speak.” (WRONG)
“He could hardly speak.” (CORRECT)
Find, identify and correct the error in the following piece.
“The right-handed Jepsen spiked the ball directly to the ground to her left. When she realized where the ball had went, she covered her face, laughed and raised her hands in mock pride.”
“Had went” is a hideous misuse and abuse of correct English verb usage.
“The right-handed Jepsen spiked the ball directly to the ground to her left. When she realized where the ball had gone, she covered her face, laughed and raised her hands in mock pride.”
“Mucus” is a noun.
“Mucous” is an adjective.
“One’s mucous membranes often secrete mucous when stressed.’
“Wrangle” is a verb meaning to argue, to quarrel angrily and noisily or to dispute.
“Wrangle” can also be a noun referring to an angry dispute.
“The couple would fight and wrangle so much that the neighbours called the police to intervene on several occasions.”
“Wangle” is a verb meaning to achieve something by trickery, to finagle, to manipulate or to fudge.
“Wangle” can be a noun referring to an instance of accomplishing something by scheming.
“I am going to wangle an invitation to that frat party by hook or by crook because I really want to become a member.”
A GOOD PHILOSOPHY
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
Sir Winston Churchill, British politician and Prime Minister who lived from 1874 to 1965, said this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Reproof” (n.) refers to a criticism, a rebuke, a reprimand or censure.
“Reproof” can also be a verb meaning to berate, to chide or to lambast.
“The professor’s reproof of the entire paper was so severe that the student withdrew from the class.”
“Concomitant” (adj.) means accompanying, attached to, connected to or associated with.
“Concomitant” can also be a noun or an adverb.
“Concomitant with his obsession with eliminating all traces of dirt was a desire for complete and totally structured order.”
“Panegyric” (n.) refers to a eulogy, a paean, a psalm or an expression of praise.
“Panegyric is also an adjective meaning laudatory, praiseful or flattering.
“The old Irishman would regularly deliver, whether asked or not, an impassioned panegyric on the merits of a good liquor over a lowly malt.”
“Mawkish” (adj.) means insincerely and effusively emotional, mushy, maudlin or bathetic.
“When I see a professional mourner crying and sobbing and tearing at her hair in a mawkish display of loss and despair I turn away in disgust.”