Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
MONDAY PUN DAY
Here are more puns. Groan away. They are clever and fun.
‘When the cannibal showed up late to the luncheon, they gave him the cold shoulder.”
“Show me where Stalin’s buried and I’ll show you a communist plot.”
“A good pun is its own reword.”
I HATE THIS ERROR
Find, identify and correct the error in the following example.
“Coinciding with Sexual Assault Prevention Month, the university recently agreed to provide a second round of funding to help the project meet its goal of more than tripling the amount of students reached by its workshops.”
“Amount” cannot be used when referring a countable quantity or number.
“Coinciding with Sexual Assault Prevention Month, the university recently agreed to provide a second round of funding to help the project meet its goal of more than tripling the number of students reached by its workshops.”
Identify and correct the flaws in the poster.
“You never seen anything. You can see something, you may have seen something else, but you will never ‘seen’ anything. I promise.”
Obviously, “seen” is incorrectly used, but the comma after, You can see something,” should be a semi-colon.
“You never saw anything. You can see something; you may have seen something else, but you will never ‘seen’ anything. I promise.”
“Obsolescent” is an adjective that is technically something in the process of becoming obsolete.
“I have seen people using taped movies but the technology is really obsolescent and a disappearing technology.”
“Obsolete” is an adjective referring to something that is no longer in use or is a dead issue.
“The SST jet that flew from Europe to North America was a beautiful plane but it is now obsolete and is only an exhibit in a couple of museums.”
WORTH TAKING TO HEART
“When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.”
Bernard Bailey, who was an American comic book artist and publisher and who lived from 1916 to 1996, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Nuance” (n.) refers to a slight difference in meaning, a subtlety, or a nicety.
“She was aware of every nuance in his voice and knew he was not telling the truth.”
“Dyspeptic” (adj.) means irritable as if suffering from indigestion, bilious, contentious or argumentative.
“The old man was dyspeptic and angry at the shabby treatment he received and vented his anger freely.”
“Nonchalance” (n.) refers to an attitude of indifference, carelessness, unconcern or disregard.
“The teenager did his best to display a cool nonchalance when he bumped into the pretty, young cheerleader after the game.”