A single “e” can make a big difference. In the case of “aid,” an “e” personifies, turning “assistance” into “assistant.” Consider: The point of the story that accompanied this headlineContinue reading
Just who are those smiling faces in the clouds? When I first saw them in last week’s Science Times, I thought they were the “vision” the headline referred to. ThenContinue reading
This grammatical lapse in Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times brings Mrs. Malaprop to mind (“… she might reprehend the true meaning of what she is saying”).
What she meant, of course, was “neck and neck,” like horses at a track or ostriches on the way to wherever ostriches go in a hurry. …Continue reading
Considering that Notre Dame, like so many universities, treats its coaches like royalty, I can see how “reigns” comes to mind.
The word we were after, though, was “reins,” as in “handed him the reins,” a phrase that means to hand over control.
Got that? …Continue reading
I know of only two ways to go green in the bathroom.
And if I find myself going green in either of those ways, I’ll probably call a doctor.
Then again, after I did some searching, I found that perhaps I’m not creative enough in the bathroom. …