Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s blog entries.
THESE PUNS ARE REALLY SILLY
“When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.”
“A lawyer for a church did some cross-examining.”
“What you seize is what you get.”
THESE MISTAKES ARE NOT PUNNY AND NOT FUNNY
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“The 72 competitors from 14 countries who are here own 30 Olympic or world championship medals between them.”
“Between” can only be used when referring to two entities. “Among” is the correct word.
“The 72 competitors from 14 countries who are here own 30 Olympic or world championship medals among them.”
“The dirt bike was laying in the gravel shoulder of the roadway.”
“Laying” is misused.
“The dirt bike was lying in the gravel shoulder of the roadway.”
“Local market-goers can finally wine and dine themselves at the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market, which kicked off its new season in Charles Clark Square Saturday morning with twice the amount of vendors as last year, and a matching rush of customers.”
“Amount” is the wrong word.
“Local market-goers can finally wine and dine themselves at the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market, which kicked off its new season in Charles Clark Square Saturday morning with twice the number of vendors as last year, and a matching rush of customers.”
The two words “toward” and “towards” are interchangeable but “toward” is more common in the United States and “towards” in the United Kingdom.
“He noticed two policemen coming towards him.”
“Troop” is a noun referring to any group of people, military or otherwise.
“That troop of soldiers was specifically recruited for their language skills so that they could operate in foreign lands without fear of their accents betraying them.”
“Troupe” is a noun referring to a group of performers.
“The troupe of actors at Stratford is a wonderfully accomplished company that makes Canada proud of their continuing artistic skills.”
“Vapid” is an adjective meaning apathetic, torpid, flavourless, weak, dull or flat.
“His efforts at animation and feeling were so vapid that the whole audience fell into a stupor.”
“Vacuous” is an adjective meaning unintelligent, inanely foolish, empty or hollow.
“The vacuous expression on her face mirrored the emptiness of her mind.”
“Nicety” is a noun meaning fine detail. It is usually used in the plural.
“I cherish the niceties of life such as learning, Shakespeare, the arts and will always endeavour to help others to do the same.
“Niceness” is an adjective meaning pleasantness.
“The children loved the old neighbour who treated them with such kindness, respect and niceness.”
DO WE VALUE VALUES?
“If we keep treating our most important values as meaningless relics, that’s exactly what they’ll become.”
Michael Josephson, born in 1942 and the founder of the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Erudite” (adj.) means learned, academic, scholarly or profoundly knowledgeable.
“The young prodigy was erudite enough to be able enough to obtain her university degree at the ripe old age of fifteen.”
“Toady” (n.) refers to a crawler, an obsequious sycophant, a leech or a fawning flatterer.
“The young self-absorbed pop star had a toady to serve his childish, petulant needs at every turn.”
“Vitiate” (v.) means to corrupt, to debase, to deprave, to contaminate or to pervert.
It is pronounced with the first “t” sounding like “sh”.
“There are child porno sites that serve no purpose but to vitiate and subvert the minds and souls of all who are involved with them.”
“Axiomatic” (adj.) means self-evident, clear, manifest or plain.
“The right to a fair trial for every person cited for a crime is an axiomatic part of our democratic society.”