Since tomorrow is a holiday, I am posting the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries today.
The next post will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Have a great Easter.
MONDAY PUN DAY
A baby seal walks into a bar and the bartender says, “What’ll ya have?”
The seal says, “Anything but a Canadian Club.”
“A boiled egg every morning is hard to beat.”
“A chicken crossing the road is truly poultry in motion.”
WHY DO THEY NEVER LEARN?
Find, identify and fix the error in the following example.
“As the fire ripped through the island, surrounding residents living on Rivervilla Court just off of Old Front Road, such as Wiley, were fearful their properties would catch fire.”
How many times do I have to say it? The wording “…off of…” cannot be used together?
“As the fire ripped through the island, surrounding residents living on Rivervilla Court just off Old Front Road, such as Wiley, were fearful their properties would catch fire.”
Find, identify and correct the two errors in the following example.
“A majority of Ontario voters say they are distressed by this state of affairs, which came to light under the stewardship of former premier Dalton McGuinty and continue under his protégé, Wynne.”
“Majority” is a singular, collective noun, so its verb must also be singular.
“State of affairs” is a noun clause; it is singular because it refers to one entity; its verb, therefore, must also be singular so “continues”, which is plural, is incorrect.
“A majority of Ontario voters says they are distressed by this state of affairs, which came to light under the stewardship of former premier Dalton McGuinty and continues under his protégé, Wynne.”
“Medium” is a noun referring to the middle ground between two extremes or someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead.
“The medium demanded complete silence during her seance as she tried to communicate with a spirit.”
“Median” is a noun referring to the strip of grass separating the lanes going in opposite directions in the middle of a freeway.
“The car slid on the ice and luckily ended up in the median without hitting another car.”
“A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”
Gian Vincenzo Gravina, an Italian jurist and man of letters who lived from 1664 to 1718, wrote this.
“Transitory” (adj.) means passing ephemeral, short-lived or interim.
“It is said that, regardless of the colossal efforts make-up companies, youthful beauty is transitory and must be treasured.”
“Consternation” (n.) refers to alarm, fear, dismay, shock or stupor.
“To the consternation and utter terror of the whole audience the pyrotechnics caused the stage curtains to catch fire.”
“Maladroit” (adj.) means awkward, bumbling, ham-fisted or non-dexterous.
“His maladroit efforts at using any sort of tool were a constant source of humour for his normally dexterous friends.”