Monthly Archives: November 2012

There can be only one “most”

For some things, there can be only one: first, best, least, most, and the list goes on. But that does not stop people from using these words incorrectly in a sentence. Sometimes, it is permissible to exercise poetic license as … Continue reading

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As well (as)

A common mistake is that people tend to use the term “as well as” when they mean “as well” because they do not understand (or don’t care) which item is primary and which is secondary. Test yourself: The following two … Continue reading

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Disambiguate

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the meaning of disambiguate is “to establish a single semantic or grammatical interpretation for.” When I was in the sixth grade, one of my teachers, who was a stickler with regard to the proper use … Continue reading

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311 Acknowledgment Great; Results Not

Since the original post on November 16, my tree has been removed, but it was by luck rather than by order. On November 21 a truck came to my block to remove other trees, but the driver had no order … Continue reading

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Heteronyms

For those who are unfamiliar with this term, a heteronym is a word that has the same spelling as another word, but with a different pronunciation and meaning. Here are some examples: Excuse; Please excuse me while I think of … Continue reading

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First-come, First-served

Ignorant people leave off the “d” in served because they have heard the expression without trying to understand what it means. The meaning is simple. My conclusion is simple as well. Those who say it wrong and write it wrong … Continue reading

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TV Show Missed Dialogue

While watching many television series, I’m wearing out the rewind button on my remote. This is because I am missing what is being said. Either the background music is too loud or the sound engineer has put in background noises … Continue reading

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