It’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 – Derserve
Grammar Giggle – Sneak Peak Part Three
Confusing Words of the Week
Grammar Giggles – 880%
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 email@example.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.
RespectAbly – mAnner worth of respect
RespectFULLy – FULL of respect.
RespectIvely – in the Indicated order
This was in my email and caught my eye.
A friend sent this to me after she took it out of the package, put it up, and then looked at it. Do you see it?
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 Ask PTB or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they may appear here soon!
This week’s words are:
Cite (v) – to quote; to summon
Sight – a view; vision
Site – a place
Tips to help you remember the difference:
Cite is related to citation. It is quoting case material.
Sight is seeing with your eyes
Site is a place. Let’s say IT is a place.
My cousin sent me this one. Choosing whether to use “then” or “than” can be difficult. There is a difference!
My local news had a little bit of trouble spelling “Duchess.” A Duchess is the female equivalent if a Duke. Dutchess could possibly be a woman from the Netherlands, but is not a word that appears in a dictionary. The Duchess of Cambridge is a well-known figure and the headline is obviously incorrect.
Once again, my news channel comes through for me in the latest Grammar Giggle. This is proof that spell check is not all that you need to have quality work. You actually need to READ what you’ve written–in context–to make sure it is correct. “Sign” and “sing” all share the same letters, but mean completely different things.
I caught this on a recent dinner out during a weekend with friends. I think the comma is unnecessary–it should be a period–and the wording at the end is confusing. Taken literally, I am encouraged to ask my server to purchase a gift certificate. So I would say “Dear Server, please purchase me a gift certificate” and the server would purchase a gift certificate and give it to me for future use. Perhaps it should say “Ask your server about purchasing one.”
My brother-in-law sent me this picture from a University restroom:
And just in case you don’t believe the sign is placed where you think it is, here is a wider shot: