Grammar Giggle – Stumbling Over News Story

This was a news alert I received. The first paragraph looks like it was rewritten a few times, but no one actually read it before it was published. I understand they are trying to get stories out quickly, but getting them out accurately also counts for a lot.

News story

Merriam-Webster’s 2018 Dictionary Additions

dictionaryMerriam-Webster recently added 850 new words and definitions to its dictionary. Here are some of the words added in 2018:

Wordie – a word lover (patterned after foodie and groupie)

Demonym – person who comes from a specific place, like Hoosier or Parisian

Wanderworts – a word borrowed from another language, often resulting from trade or adoption of newly introduced items or cultural practices (like harissa – a spicy North African paste made with chilies; tzatziki – Greek yogurt sauce; kabocha – a kind of Japanese pumpkin; and kombucha – a fermented and effervescent tea drink)

Cryptocurrency and initial coin offering referring to the first sale of Bitcoin-like digital currency.

Unicorn – a start-up business that is valued at one billion dollars or more

Chiweenie – a dog that is a cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund

Schnoodle – a dog that is a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle

Yorkie-poo – a dog that is a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle and especially a miniature or toy poodle

Glamping – enjoying the great outdoors but with indoor plumbing

Neoadjuvant – treatment for a disease or condition administered before the primary treatment in order to improve likelihood of a successful outcome, such as chemotherapy prior to surgery for some cancers

Silver Alert – modeled after Amber Alert, it informs the public when an elderly person goes missing.

Dumpster fire – an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence

Mansplain – to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic

Narcissistic personality disorder – a personality disorder characterized especially by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, persistent need for admiration, lack of empathy for others, excessive pride in achievements, and snobbish, disdainful, or patronizing attitudes

Use them and make these “new” words your own.

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:

Through – by means of; from beginning to end; because of

  • John read the report through multiple times.

Threw – did throw

  • Sally threw her laundry in the washer before she left this morning.

Thorough – exhaustive

  • The report was a thorough summary of the upcoming changes.

Memory tips:

Through – like building a trough, you are going through something

Threw – past tense of throw so just change one letter

Thorough – think of it as more cOmplete so it contains the extra O

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/2018/03/02/grammar-giggle-i-want-what-shes-having/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/03/05/grammar-giggle-ablquerque/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/03/06/confusing-words-of-the-week-18/

http://60isthenew60blog.com/2018/03/07/surgery-cancer-love-and-life/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/03/08/happy-national-proofreading-day/

 

Happy National Proofreading Day!

Happy National Proofreading Day!March 8 is National Proofreading Day. It is a day that was created to bring awareness to how important it is to proofread. National Proofreading Day promotes error free writing–and so do I! This message of National Proofreading Day is the message of Proof That proofreading blog and is set out in a blog post entitled “Why Proofreading Is Important.” Please take a minute and just proofread your last email, a text, or the letter you’re working on. It really is important!

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:

  • Conscience – the sense of right and wrong

His conscience wouldn’t let him steal the candy bar.

  • Conscious – cognizant; sensible; aware

She was conscious of the man staring at her.

Memory tips:

  • Conscience – The science of the brain knowing the difference between right and wrong
  • Conscious – Contains the letters I C U so you are aware. Conscience does not contain the “U.”

Grammar Giggle – I Want What She’s Having!

Several friends sent this to me. All I can think of is that someone doesn’t know the difference between organic and orgasmic. Close, yes, but VERY different meanings.

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