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:

flack – (n.) one who provides publicity; (v.) to provide publicity

  • The press agent was called a flack.

flak – literally, debris from exploding antiaircraft shells; criticism

  • He took a lot of flak for his political stance.

Memory Tips:

I think I would remember that since flack deals with publicity, and publicity reminds me of paparazzi, which is like a flock of birds pecking at a celebrity, that I would change one letter in flock to make it flack.

Since flak isn’t dealing with publicity, it isn’t related to a flock, so doesn’t need the c.

 

Grammar Giggle – Beauty Shop Deels

A friend snapped this picture and sent it to me. I realize that English is probably not the owner’s first language, but when you are advertising in English, someone should make sure things are correct.

Hair specials

Grammar Giggle – Menus

I went to lunch recently and saw this menu. While the proper version is “house-made,” which means something is prepared in the establishment in which it is sold, while “homemade” is something made in a home. In other words, it appears three different ways–including the correct way–all on one page. And the original error I found was “quinoa” misspelled one line below where it is spelled correctly.

Housemade

Grammar Giggle – The Lobster Mushroom’s What?

I caught this one on a recent trip to Norfolk for our conference. Yet another misuse of an apostrophe. Apostrophes do not always make a word plural!

Grammar Giggle – Solider

I caught this on my favorite nightly news station. Since I was listening to the story, I can tell you that the word they wanted was “soldier.”

Solider

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 couple of weeks.

Grammar Giggle – Worn

Grammar Giggle – Close Profanity

Confusing Words of the Week

Step Away From The Buffet Line!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grammar Giggle – Forty’s and 70s

Grammar Giggle – Phoenix or Pheonix?

Confusing Words of the Week

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the Weekt’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:

“Compliment” – an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration

  • “She paid me an enormous compliment on my dress.”

“Complement” is something that completes or makes perfect

  • A good wine is a complement to a good meal.”

Memory Tips:

A complIment is something I like to hear.

COMPLEment COMPLEtes something.

Grammar Giggle – Phoenix or Pheonix?

This was in an email I received. Because I live near Phoenix and work there, I noticed this right away. I also noticed that it is right in four other places and wrong in the very first line.

Phoenix guide2

Grammar Giggle – Forty’s and 70s

My brother sent me this one. I loved this drive in theater and spent many a date night there . . . but enough about that. There were so many errors in these two sentences. Here are my edits to it:

  • “Opened” should not be capitalized. There is a comma right ahead of it, so I’m assuming it is a continuation of the same sentence and part of a series.
  • Naming a decade is done as “the 1940s,” “the forties,” or the “the ’40s.”
  • “It’s” means “it is.”
  • “Til” I’m assuming is some kind of abbreviation for “until,” although it isn’t correct unless it begins with an apostrophe indicating that “un” is missing–’til.

Pioneer drive in

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I’m spending time with my family, but I wanted to take a minute to let you all know that again this year, I am extremely grateful for you–the Proof That reader. Thank you for continuing to read the blog and especially thank you to those of you who send me Grammar Giggles, tell me that you learned something, or take the time to seek me out if you see me in person to let me know that you read the blog. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving commas