Replay Thursday

Thursday ReplayIt’s time for a review of recent blog posts just in case you’ve missed them. We call this Replay Thursday. Here are posts from Proof That proofreading blog and 60 Is The New 60 blog during the past week.

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/02/02/grammar-giggle-4/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/02/05/grammar-giggles-its-it-is/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/02/06/confusing-words-of-the-week-14/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/02/07/2017-words-of-the-year/

 

2017 Words Of The Year

2017 Words of the YearI always enjoy–and always learn something from–the Words of the Year from various dictionaries and organizations. Here are some of the 2017 Words of the Year:

Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year for 2017 is youthquakeYouthquake is a noun defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.” The Oxford editors chose “youthquake” because their data showed an increase of over five times in usage between 2016 and 2017, particularly in June during the U.K.’s general election.

Dictionary.com chose complicit as its Word of the Year for 2017. Complicit means “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” More simply, it means being responsible for something at some level . . . even if indirectly.

The American Dialect Society chose fake news as its Word of the Year for 2017. They defined fake news in two ways, “disinformation or falsehoods presented as real news” and “actual news that is claimed to be untrue.” It was selected by the Society as “best representing the public discourse and preoccupations of the past year.”

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism, which means “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” The word was the top lookup on Merriam-Webster’s website in 2017, with spikes after news coverage and then news stories of whether the Women’s March on Washington, DC in January (and other related marches held around the country and internationally) was feminist. Kellyanne Conway caused another spike when she said during an interview that she didn’t consider herself a feminist. In that case, the news stories focused on the definition of feminism, which served as an invitation for people to look up the word. The releases of Hulu’s series The Handmaid’s Tale and the film Wonder Woman both created an interest in the definition of feminism. The recent rash of stories of sexual assault and harassment and the #MeToo campaign have also created an interest in the word.

So now your vocabulary is expanded by the 2017 Words of the Year. Don’t you feel smarter?

 

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’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:

plague – an epidemic disease; a disastrous evil or affliction

The flu is quickly becoming a plague.

plaque – a decorative tablet that honors someone or commemorates something

He received a plaque to commemorate his 10th anniversary at the firm.

Memory tips:

  • plague – A disease usually makes your tongue feel weird or coated, so I would remember the word plague having to do with your tongue.
  • plaque – A plaque you put on the wall will make people question how you earned it, so remember that a plaque will make people question.

Grammar Giggles – It’s = It Is

Another one from my local news. “It’s” is a contraction for “it is” and not possessive for “it.”

Its

Grammar Giggle – Hastate

A friend sent me this picture from her fortune. While the fortune would be accurate if it were spelled correctly, I’m not sure what “hastate” means.

Fortune

Replay Thursday

Thursday ReplayIt’s time for a review of recent blog posts just in case you’ve missed them. We call this Replay Thursday. Here are posts from Proof That proofreading blog and 60 Is The New 60 blog during the past week.

Grammar Giggle – What Year Is It?

Grammar Giggle – Commuting

Confusing Words Of The Week

Grammar Giggle – State of Uniom

Busy Is As Busy Does . . . Or Not?

Grammar Giggle – State of Uniom

While everyone has probably seen this one already, my son sent this to me and I thought it was interesting. Not only is “Union” spelled wrong, requiring them to reprint all of the invitations to the State of the Union Address, but I think that the Gallery is set up for more than one Visitor, so it should be the Visitors’ Gallery. I checked the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center website to try to figure out what they call it, and I find reference to “the Visitor Galleries,” which would be correct as it is a name for that area of the Capitol, and “the House and Senate Galleries,” but I find no reference to the “Visitor’s Gallery.” I’m thinking they didn’t fix that error when they reprinted the invitations because it isn’t an obvious error–to most people.

State of the Uniom

Confusing Words Of The Week

Words of the WeekIt’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:

discreet – prudent

She was discreet about the secret her friend shared with her.

discrete – distinct; separate

The book had a discrete section on citations.

Memory tips:

discreet – think of the ee as eyes seeing something that shouldn’t be posted on the internet or something that you have to be discreet about.

discrete is separate – both end in te

 

Grammar Giggle – What Year Is It?

A friend received this email from a company she deals with after she called them about an issue. I understand the attempt at improving customer service, but everything is dated two years in the future! Unless those ladies in the DriveTime commercial have figured out a way to go two years into the future instead of only two minutes, there isn’t any excuse for this.

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