Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
LET US BE PUNNY
“A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: ‘I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.’ ”
“Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor.”
“Comedians earn money for their cents of humour.”
MORE OF LAST MONTH’S ERRORS
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“Private-property owner kicks naturists off beach they been using for decades”
The verb “been” is the wrong tense, probably because the writer did not do any proofreading.
“Private-property owner kicks naturists off beach they had been using for decades”
“Disappointed, but not surprised.”
There is no verb in this group of words.
“We are disappointed, but not surprised.”
“Two public concerns of the new site: it must be near arterial roads. And it should be accessible by public transit so that patients, staff and visitors can get to it 24/7 without a car. That puts a rather major restriction on where it can go.”
The first group of words is not a complete thought because there is no verb.
The writer says there are “two public concerns”, but only states one; his second, incorrectly, is in a new sentence. The punctuation must be changed.
“ There are two public concerns of the new site: it must be near arterial roads; and it should be accessible by public transit so that patients, staff and visitors can get to it 24/7 without a car. That puts a rather major restriction on where it can go.”
There were two graphics on Wednesday’s entry which need no further explanation.
Please check Wednesday’s entry if you want to review them.
“Malfeasance” is a noun referring to a wrongful act that a person has no right to do; improper professional conduct or malpractice.
“The investigation has uncovered evidence of corporate malfeasance and money mismanagement and charges were laid.”
“Misfeasance” is a noun referring to doing a proper act in a wrongful or injurious manner, misconduct or wrongdoing.
“The lawyer was charged with misfeasance for mismanaging the affairs of the widow’s estate and causing her to lose millions.”
“Nonfeasance” is a noun referring to a failure to act when obliged to do so, a failure to do one’s legal duty or dereliction of duty.
“The lawyer was also cited for nonfeasance for his failure to file the estate papers within the proper dated guidelines.”
ANOTHER I LIKE
“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”
Thomas H. Huxley, an English biologist who lived from 1825 to 1895, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Forswear” (v.) means to recant, to retract or to desert one’s earlier comments.
“In the middle ages, Henry VIII forced his church elders to forswear any allegiance to Rome or they would face execution.”
“Vapid” (adj.) means apathetic, lacking zest, dull, flat or lacking in interest or significance.
“I think the blind idolatry of vapid and talentless celebrities is a blight on the entire population.”
“Putative” (adj.) means assumed, taken for granted, commonly accepted or probable.
The putative reason for his dismissal was poor job performance but it, more than likely, was his poor relationship with his bullying supervisor.”