Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s words. Sorry I am so late in posting.
MONDAY PUN DAY
These are worth a groan or two.
“If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital.”
“You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.”
IT’S STILL INCORRECT
Find, identify and correct the error in the following.
“Profits for a few trump jobs for the many, again and again.”
This is not a complete thought because there is no verb.
“There are profits for a few trump jobs for the many, again and again.”
WHY IS THIS ERROR SO RAMPANT?
“That report by Amanda Laine…”
“And not a realistic solution, what are some of the…”
“And a calm day in Prince Edward Island with plenty of sunshine…”
Where are the verbs? Where are the complete thoughts?
DOES ANYBODY EVER EDIT THIS STUFF?
Find, identify and fix the error.
“Among the questions that Symantec wanted to answer with the study was how persistent people would be in poking around a found phone. The answer was very.”
The last word “very” is not connected nor does it make any sense.
“Among the questions that Symantec wanted to answer with the study was how persistent people would be in poking around a found phone. The answers were varied.”
A PLAGUE OF ERRORS
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“ ‘Preliminary results have shown that based on the information available, neither the design of the walls nor the safety of the walls are in question,’ Joy said.”
The verb “are” is plural but the subject is singular.
“ ‘Preliminary results have shown that based on the information available, neither the design of the walls nor the safety of the walls is in question,’ Joy said.”
“The legal card holder said his wallet had gone missing. When he contacted the credit card company to have his card cancelled, he was told the card had already been used at several locations.
“Things do not “go missing”. This is a stupid mistake made worse by being made so often by so many.
“The legal card holder said his wallet had disappeared. When he contacted the credit card company to have his card cancelled, he was told the card had already been used at several locations.
“We just didn’t hear about them much. Or their victims, the invisible kids with no dignity and no friends.”
The two units must be connected because the second is not a complete thought by itself.
“We just didn’t hear about them much or their victims, the invisible kids with no dignity and no friends.”
“Because nothing happened. And then, well, not much happened. One kid was suspended two games.”
The first unit is a subordinate clause that cannot stand by itself.
“Nothing happened. And then, well, not much happened. One kid was suspended two games.”
“Way tougher than looking for debris.”
This is an incomplete thought.
“It is way tougher than looking for debris.”
I bet you cannot read these aloud without making at least one pronunciation error. Actually, I bet you make at least five pronunciation errors.
Beyond pronunciation, enjoy the simple complexities of the English language.
(I thank the person who sent me this list; I have enjoyed it immensely.)
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
HERE IS A GOOD THOUGHT
“Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.”
William Cowper, an English poet who lived from 1731 to 1800, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Mollify” (v.) means to appease, to pacify, to make less rigid or to moderate.
“I finally had to give the little brat a sucker to mollify her self-important and spoiled screaming.”
“Fatuous” “(adj.) means completely or inanely foolish, mindless, nonsensical or preposterous.
“Her fatuous insistence that spelling meant nothing in today’s rapid communication world resulted in my refusal to hire her for lack of caring.”
BONUS: You win a GOLD STAR if you connect “fatuous” to the mindless writing and speaking standards of many TV news readers and reporters.
“Malignant” (adj.) means characterized by uncontrolled growth, harmful, malicious or malevolent.
“His attitude was like a malignant cancer that destroyed the whole concept of teamwork and resulted in the team being eliminated, very quickly, from the playoff scene.”
“Vernacular” (adj.) means common, non-literary, casual, vulgar or characteristic to everyday language.
“He refused to raise the level of his language and was shunned by the elitists of society as common and vulgar.”