Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
“Intense” is an adjective meaning of extreme force, highly concentrated, extremely sharp or acute.
The job demands intense concentration and patience because it is so minute and precise.”
“Intensive” is an adjective meaning concentrated on a single subject or into a short time, very thorough or vigorous effort that stems not so much from a personal effort as it does from outside forces.”
The English villages suffered extensive bombings for days and weeks at a time during World War II.”
Just to keep this from becoming a platform for expressions of belief or non-belief, remember that both attitudes or definitions have to do with beliefs, not knowledge.
“Agnostic” is a noun denoting a person who believes that the existence of a god or gods cannot be proven or known.
“The agnostic simply said that the existence of gods could not be proved and then smugly sat down to listen to the ensuing fireworks.”
“Atheist” is a noun denoting one who believes there are no gods.
“Many a supposed atheist was burned at the stake in medieval times for not expressing a belief in a Christian god.”
DOUBT THAT/DOUBT WHETHER/DOUBT IF
“Doubt that” is used to indicate that something is false or that there is a high suspicion that it is not true.
“I doubt that his account of the fight is really factual, only because I know how brutal his opponent is.”
“Doubt whether” is used when one is uncertain about something.
“I doubt whether we’ll see the moon tonight because of the heavy clouds that are expected to remain for a few days.”
“Doubt if” can be substituted for “doubt whether,” though it’s more casual but should not be used when “doubt that” is meant.
“I doubt if you can swim across the river, oh boozer friend.”
WORTH TAKING TO HEART
“It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.”
Vida D. Scudder, an American educator, writer, and welfare activist who lived from 1861to 1954, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Inducement” (n.) refers to the act of bringing about a desired result, cause, motive or incentive.
“Her inducement to keep her house clean was an abnormal fetish over cleanliness that controlled her life from morning to night.”
“Traduce” (v.) means to malign, to criticize, to badmouth, to smear or to defame.
“He would traduce his wife at every public opportunity and this finally lead her to seek a divorce.”
“Discretionary” (adj.) means open , not earmarked, optional, determined by choice or unrestricted.
“The secretary was given a discretionary fund to take care of unexpected office needs and upgrades and she used it wisely.”