Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s postings.
MONDAY PUN DAY
These are always fun.
“I used to be a teacher, but found I didn’t have enough class.”
“I tried looking for gold, but it didn’t pan out.”
“Long fairy tales have a tendency to dragon.”
ONE OF THESE IS HUMOUROUS
Read the following, smile and then determine the error in each.
“ ‘The idea they are now equipping themselves with military weapons and are dressed in military fashion. In my opinion, our local police just should not look like an occupation army,’ said Munroe, who has defended several people the ESU has arrested.”
The first group of words is not a sentence because there is no main verb.
“ ‘The idea is they are now equipping themselves with military weapons and are dressed in military fashion. In my opinion, our local police just should not look like an occupation army,’ said Munroe, who has defended several people the ESU has arrested.”
“Continue our Green City Clean Streets initiative by investing in the beatification of our main streets, corridors and neighbourhoods.”
I appreciate streets always need fixing but putting them on the road to sainthood is a bit grandiose. “Beautifying” them is just fine.
“Continue our Green City Clean Streets initiative by investing in the beautification of our main streets, corridors and neighbourhoods.”
“Hairbrained” is often used but is incorrect.
“Harebrained” means “silly as a hare or rabbit” and is the only form of the expression that should be used.
“There he goes again with another harebrained scheme to become rich and lazier.”
“Hoi polloi” is a noun which refers to the common people, the masses or the multitude. It does not refer to the upper classes.
“In many societies, the hoi polloi are kept away from high society by fences, security guards and snobbish attitudes.”
“Gibe” is a verb meaning to tease.
“I love to gibe or ridicule politicians and lawyers who take themselves too seriously.”
“Jibe” is a verb meaning to agree, often negatively.
“The two alibis jibe though they are too perfectly the same to be taken seriously.”
“Jive” is a verb meaning “to treat in a jazzy manner or to deceive. It can be a noun. It does not mean to agree.
“Do not jive me with your silly street lingo because I can see that it is really phony.”
Find, identify and correct the error in the following piece.
“I could care less that he’s sorry. Nobody forgives Sen. Mike Duffy for his expense account abuses in Ottawa, and I don’t think we should forgive Maghnieh, either. His next job should be far away from here.”
“I could care less begs the question, “How much less?” It really means “I care”. It needs the proper negative.
“I could not care less that he’s sorry. Nobody forgives Sen. Mike Duffy for his expense account abuses in Ottawa, and I don’t think we should forgive Maghnieh, either. His next job should be far away from here.”
TAKE THIS TO HEART
“Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught.”
William Shakespeare, who lived from 1564 to 1616, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Audacious” (adj.) means invulnerable to fear or intimidation, brave or dauntless.
“The audacious reporter regularly put his life at risk in his attempts to get the tough war stories for his loyal readers.”
“Histrionics” (n.) refers to a performance, a public presentation or, connotatively, a deliberate display of emotion for effect.
“The teenager was noted for her exaggerations and windy histrionics in attempting to get her own way.”
“Resplendent” (adj.) means glorious, magnificent, having great beauty or splendour.
“Stratford is renowned for the resplendent costumes worn by the actors for their various shows.”
“Febrile” (adj.) means feverish as in ill, or filled with nervous excitement or activity.
“Her febrile imagination led to beautifully creative stories but drove people nuts because she could not keep quiet for more than a few seconds.”