Around this time of year, we often hear the Kay Jewelers slogan, “Every Kiss Begins With K” which is either a clever wordplay or a scourge on our senses that is repeated over and over on the television, radio and internet while driving everyone crazy.
I have spent way too much time thinking about the slogan, and have come up with several salient and/or stupid points. Continue reading “If Every Kiss Begins With K, then should Every Book Begin With Boo? Important questions and comments about the jewelry commercial”
While many people take the word “take” for granted, it is a surprisingly complex and confusing word that requires you to take great care.
For example, did you know that take is both a verb and a noun?
Did you also know that people constantly are using the word incorrectly?
And finally, can you believe that most people don’t thank me when I correct them?
All in all, these discussions require a lot of give-and-take, so I will give you my take on take. Continue reading “You can take your take anywhere, but you can’t take it here”
What’s better than an ordinary compound word?
Well, I can easily think of hundreds of items, but for this column the answer is compound words that are made up of three words.
Heretofore you may not have thought much about these words, nevertheless I will explain my love for them inasmuch as possible so that whosoever reads this will also love these words forevermore.
Continue reading “Triple word compound words may be confusing, nonetheless, they should be used more nowadays”
Some days I say to myself, I hope that someday I will never see anyone use any one of these compound words or phrases incorrectly anymore.
At the very least, I hope that I don’t see these mistakes any more than I already do. Continue reading “Everyday words and phrases are mistaken every day”
Are you ever unsure if you should insure, ensure or assure?
This happens to me often, which causes me great displeasure. In order to bring closure to the issue, though, I am offering a few simple rules: Continue reading “Insure and ensure ensure displeasure”
While not helping any of the children with their homework this week, I realized that I was pretty lost on most of the words in their vocabulary list.
And while I was definitely not helping them, I looked up several of the definitions and found that many of them seemed to fit with a familiar story. So, in order to help improve my vocabulary and hopefully get an A on some English homework, I present to you this classic Christmas story filled with the words in bold from two recent high school vocabulary lists.
Continue reading “A cursory Christmas tale of a reviled parsimonious old man who recanted”
Today, I literally heard people say the word “like” too often and in response I figuratively yelled, “Stop it” because I disliked it so much.
Like is magical word that can be a preposition, conjunction, noun, adjective or adverb. It is not, however, just a fill in word to be thrown in anywhere in a sentence for no apparent reason.
Continue reading “It’s fine to like like, but not it’s not like literally fine”