Sunday, January 6, 2008



Michael's English Usage has been nominated by the 2007 Canadian Blog Awards as "Best Educational Blog".
I confess to knowing nothing about the association nor the awards but I am happy my blog has been noticed.
I also confess to knowing nothing about the voting and/or selection procedure.
If anyone would like to enlighten me, please click on "Comment" below and educate me.


Here is a sampling of English abuse and misuse that attracted my attention over the Christmas break.
What are the errors? Correct them.

"One in five bishops face axe in shrinking parishes."
Jonathan Petre, sub-title of "Anglican church set to lay off costly clergy", The Windsor Star, Thursday, December 27, 2007.

"Where do you get your instructors from for the show?"
Melanie Deveau, "Windsor Now With Melanie Deveau", Friday, January 4, 2008, 5:33 pm.

"Not only have the majority of the firm's partners been on board for more than 20 years, Bartlet and Richardes can also boast of having four former partners named to the bench - John Aylesworth, George Urquhart, Arthur Jessop and Richard Gates."
David Hall, "City law firm marks 120 years of service", The Windsor Star, Saturday, January 5, 2008.

"In other words, once a deal is in the can, so there can be no backsliding."
Gord Henderson, "Dilkens hits a nerve", The Windsor Star, Saturday, January 5, 2008.


The first word is "sophomoric".
Define "sophomoric" and use it in a sentence. (You might consider using the entries listed above as the catalyst for the creation of your sentence.)

1 comment:

BBS said...

Sorry about that Michael, I meant to send you details earlier, but am behind in my emails.

The awards were started in 2004 by a London area blogger and focused mainly on politics. Over the last several years the awards have grown to include categories across the blogging spectrum. They are now run by a volunteer group of bloggers from across Canada.

Anyone can nominate a blog until the 10th of January. On the 11th the first round of voting will begin online, lasting one week. After the first round, the top four blogs in each category will proceed to a final runoff.

I'll be sure to let everyone know when voting begins and what the appropriate links are to vote in each category.