Confusing Words Of The Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

explicit – clearly expressed

  • Joe gave Bill explicit instructions on how to feed the dog while Joe was gone.

implicit – implied

  • It was implicit in the instructions that Bill would also give the dog water every day.

A tip to help remember:

EXplicit = EXpressed

IMplicit = IMplied

 

Grammar Giggle – Happy Halloween

A special holiday edition of Grammar Giggles. My son forwarded this one to me. When you know there’s a “B” in the word, but it’s silent so you’re not sure where it goes. Crazy scary error! Happy Halloween!

Tomebstone

Grammar Giggles – 880%

I caught this on my news station recently. They did catch (and fix) the error in the same story, but the error should not have happened to begin with. Proof That Blog 880

Confusing Words of the Week

It’s time for “Confusing WoWords of the Weekrds of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

Respectably – in a manner worthy of respect

The young boy received an award for acting respectably.

Respectfully – in a courteous manner

While being introduced to the baseball player, the girl acted respectfully and received an autographed baseball in return.

Respectively – in the order indicated

Jane and Joe finished the race at 5:34 and 6:46, respectively.

MEMORY TIPS:

RespectAbly – mAnner worth of respect

RespectFULLy – FULL of respect.

RespectIvely – in the Indicated order

Grammar Giggle – Sneak Peak Part Three

Although we’ve had this same issue TWICE with a television station before, I’m sharing a new Grammar Giggle. This one came from my son, who made me so proud that he knew the difference between “peak” and “peek.” One more time, peak is the top (as in a mountain), peek is to glance quickly or furtively, and pique is resentment or to offend. I’m not aware of any sneak top or sneak resentment, but they are talking about getting a sneaky quick glance at an upcoming show–like a sneak peek!

Sneak Peak

Confusing Words of the Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

rain – falling water.

The rain was pouring down.

rein – (n.) part of a bridle; (v.) to check; to stop.

It was time to rein in the committee members who had launched off onto a different topic.

reign – (n.) the term of a ruler’s power; a period during which power is exercised; (v.) to rule.

The reign of the chapter president is over.

Some hints to help remember are that to stop something–like a horse–is to rein them in (like the horse’s rein) while reign looks pretty royal to me with the silent “g.”

Grammar Giggle – Jalopeno

I saw this pop up on the register as I was checking out of the grocery store recently. We’re in Arizona where jalapenos are practically in every meal (at least at my house). It would be nice to spell it correctly. #proofthatblog #grammargiggles #frysmarketplace

Jalopeno