Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s blog entries.
MONDAY PUN DAY
They really are clever.
“A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.”
“When you dream in colour, it’s a pigment of your imagination.”
CONTRAVENING PROPER WRITING RULES
Find, identify and correct all the errors in the following pieces of newspaper writing.
“Until the day he watched workers dismantle them, load the pieces onto a truck and drive away.”
Where is the main verb? This is an incomplete thought because there is no verb.
“He remained silent until the day he watched workers dismantle them, load the pieces onto a truck and drive away.”
“Abus that looks like a trolley, separate bike lanes, a promenade. Boulevards with rows of trees, paths to the river and vibrant neighbourhoods with lots of people.”
Where? University Avenue, in 2020, when it could become one of the most important streets in Windsor.
This is picky but “abus” should be “a bus”.
There is not a verb to be seen in this collection of words with periods haphazardly thrown in.
“Picture a bus that looks like a trolley, separate bike lanes, a promenade, boulevards with rows of trees, paths to the river and vibrant neighbourhoods with lots of people.
Where? It would be University Avenue, in 2020, when it could become one of the most important streets in Windsor.
“Explicitly” is an adverb meaning precisely and clearly expressed.
“I clearly and explicitly told you to stay in that room or you would be punished.”
“Implicitly” is an adverb meaning unexpressed, connotative or without doubt.
“I trust you implicitly and without reservation or I would never even think of letting you babysit them.”
“Invite” is a verb meaning to ask someone to do something or to visit.
“Invite me to your birthday party and I will bake the cake for you.”
“Invitation” is a noun referring to a request to participate or to do something.
“I gladly accept your invitation to attend the opera next week at the Detroit Opera House.”
“Invite” cannot, under any circumstances, be used as a noun, as in ‘send an invite’.
“Assure” is a verb meaning to make one confident in some endeavour.
I assure you that you are completely capable of performing that piece of music at a recital.”
“Ensure” is a verb meaning to make sure something happens.
“We must ensure that the new government follows up on their promises to the voters.
“Insure” is a verb meaning to issue or write an insurance policy.
“I will insure your stamp collection for its complete replacement value if it is destroyed in a fire.”
CHEW ON THIS FOR A WHILE
“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
Gerry Spence, an American trial lawyer from Wyoming who was born in 1929, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Garrulous” (adj.) means gabby, talkative, chatty or given to talk.
“The teen was so alive and garrulous that her friends called her ‘Chatty Cathy’.”
“Execrable” (adj.) means deplorable, wretched, detestable or abominable.
“His execrable treatment of women was so brutal he was deemed a repeat offender and was sentenced to complete isolation in the prison.”
“Meritorious” (adj.) means deserving of praise or reward, laudable or commendable.
“Her meritorious and respectful attitude and behaviour were recognized by her peers at the hospital with a plaque naming her “Nurse of the Year’.”
“Eponymous” (adj.) means giving one’s name to a tribe or place or title, such as a book.
“Roseanne’s eponymous hit TV series was an outstanding hit for many seasons.”