More homophones . . .

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Whoops! Been too long since the last go-round; a combination of political stuff, songwriting, memoirs work . . . and even some actual editing.

All I have today is a continuation of the “homophone” patrol. Some of these (actually, all of them) you really should already know, but having seen each of them misused at least once in the past fortnight, I figure that forewarned is forearmed, or some such . . . .

  1. pairs vs. pears: The first is a description of groups of two of something, as in “pairs of socks.” The other one is about fruit (varieties include Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou, etc.).
  2. bare vs. bear: The first is about skimpiness, mere adequacy, as in “bare necessities” (or “barenaked”); The second deals with withstanding something, as in “bearing up under hardship” (it can also refer to the woodland creature whose Latin name is Ursus, the one who “does it in the woods”).

Moot points … and those who moot them

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Time for another of these, I guess. Been fairly busy (though only slightly with immediately productive work; still much room for new book clients, hint, hint!), so not a lot to say today. Let’s dig into my files for some more ideas …

Oh, here’s one: The tendency of folks to refer to something as a “moot point,” because it’s something that’s already been voted on, or ruled about or otherwise rendered unarguable.

Let me begin with some dictionary definitions:


A “spelling” test …

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Dang, has it been that long since I got on this page? I’m slipping; the good news is I’m busier, though still not quite busy enough.

Today I want to show you a “spelling test” of sorts. It’s from my old (and now under construction) website at trinwords.com. adapted from something Richard Lederer did many years ago, but is mostly my own creation. See how you do; I may run the answer sheet sometime real soon.

Welcome to the trinGOOD Webkeeping Test Page:

The following is adapted from world-renowned language specialist and best-selling author Richard Lederer‘s “The Write Way (The S.P.E.L.L. Guide to Real-Life Writing)”, co-written by Richard Dowis. It represents a variety of common errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and usage, the kind which appear every day in American writing, and most especially in Web communication. (I have actually added a couple of items, to deal with some more recent egregious gaffes, now becoming more and more prevalent.)

Anyway, here’s the test: