Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
I like word play.
“I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.”
“What you seize is what you get.”
“I used to be a doctor, but then I lost patients.”
“What happened when the cow tried to jump over a barbed wire fence? Udder destruction.”
“Discomfit” is a verb meaning to upset, to cause one to lose composure or to give grief to someone.
“I do not mean to discomfit you but I suggest you think before you speak because there are lots of people who have been discomfited by your sarcasm.”
“Discomfort” is a noun referring to uncomfortableness, suffering or irritation.
“This bed is really lumpy and is causing me tremendous discomfort.”
Find, identify and correct the error in the following example.
“That means continuing to be fiscally responsible. To treat the city like the multimillion-dollar corporation it is, and to make the best use of taxpayers’ money.”
The group of words after the comma must be connected to the first group of words to avoid having incomplete and incorrect sentence structure.
The comma after “it is” is redundant.
“That means continuing to be fiscally responsible, to treat the city like the multimillion-dollar corporation it is and to make the best use of taxpayers’ money.”
“Premise” is a noun referring to a statement presuming to be true or an assumption.
“In this country, the premise is that all are created equal.”
“Premises” is a plural noun referring to a place of residence or a site. It cannot be “premise” when speaking of one abode.
“There are motion detectors on these premises and you would have a difficult time avoiding them if you were to want to trespass here.”
SPOT THE IRONY
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
BONUS: Receive a GOLD STAR if you can explain the wonderful irony in one of the examples.
The irony is that Mike Graston, a gifted political cartoonist, has just skewered himself on his own petard with his statement about preparing two cartoons.
“Restaurant owner Rino Bortolin is a small business guy, but not exactly a small government guy. Smart, but it will take some work to fill Fulvio Valentinis’ shoes.”
The last group of words is not a complete thought.
There should be commas around Rino Bottolin.
“Restaurant owner, Rino Bortolin, is a small business guy, but not exactly a small government guy. He is smart, but it will take some work to fill Fulvio Valentinis’ shoes.”
“I prepared two cartoon versions for election night. One if Dilkens won and one for Millson. This would have ran had Millson won.”
There should be a colon after “night” because a list follows.
Some commas must then be added.
“”Ran” is absolutely incorrect.
“I prepared two cartoon versions for election night: one if Dilkens won; and one for Millson. This would have run had Millson won.”
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“Much of the consultation was done in response to direct contact with staff,” Scantlebury said. “There were questions of why are we doing this, it’s disruptive? It disturbs schedules.
The question mark is unnecessary because no question is asked.
The quoted statement should be in the past tense.
The quoted statement should include the last sentence.
“It’s disruptive,” is connected with a comma but a period should be used and a new sentence begun.
“Much of the consultation was done in response to direct contact with staff,” Scantlebury said. “There were questions of why were we doing this. It was disruptive. It disturbed schedules.”
“ ‘This is us, this is what we are, we’ve been around for 90 years,’ he said. ‘It’s intrinsic with our organization and we have a very strong women’s auxiliary.’ ”
There are two comma splices and they should be replaced because they create incomplete thoughts.
“ ‘This is us; this is what we are; we’ve been around for 90 years,’ he said. ‘It’s intrinsic with our organization and we have a very strong women’s auxiliary.’ ”
“But the questions (for instance): Is a new and even higher level of government ‘support’ — that is, subsidies — now expected as a right by the international automotive industry?”
The use of dashes makes it confusing.
There is only one question but the writer pluralizes the word.
Parentheses should not be used. Actually, “for instance” should be removed.
The colon is correct, but what follows is not.
It must be reworded to make sense.
“But the question is: ‘Is a new and even higher level of government support, that is ‘subsidies’, now expected as a right by the international automotive industry?’ ”
A WONDERFUL PHILOSOPHY
“Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.”
William Shakespeare, English dramatist and poet who lived from 1564 to 1616, wrote this in his play Titus Andronicus.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Discrepancy” (n.) refers to a variance, a variant, an incongruityor a disagreement.
“There is a discrepancy between what you say and what you do and it makes your children very unsure of your motives.”
“Scurrilous” (adj.) means contemptuous reproach, abusive or scornful.
“Your scurrilous statements about lawyers really stretch the truth and are going to get you into a lawsuit that you will probably lose.”
“Moribund” (adj.) means on the point of death, declining or expiring.
“The moribund old man never stopped being cruel to his children even on his deathbed.”
“Impetuosity” (n.) refers to impulsiveness, being too quick or jumping to conclusions.
“Her impetuosity often caused her to make mistakes and to have to pay heavily.”