Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CELEBRATION

TIMING MISTAKE

Yesterday, I mentioned there would be a celebration on Wednesday. But I miscalculated. The momentous day, for me, is actually today.

Today's entry marks the 500th posting of this blog. It has been accessed close to 20,000 times by curious people and I thank all. That is not bad for such an esoteric topic as the correct use of the English language.

So, congratulations to me! And I promise to keep at it with due diligence.

On Friday, April 6, 2007, I made my first entry and championed "raising" our sights" in our use of the English language. After 500 entries, all dedicated to that end, I am more determined than ever to continue the battle.

I have concentrated on highlighting the mistakes and gaffs of the professional writers and speakers in my city because I want them to be the leaders and teachers of the correct use of the language. I feel they should strive for perfection in every presentation they make and when they do not, they do a disservice to their readers and listeners.

I do not accept mediocrity, sloppiness or outright error from those who should know better and who are paid for their "communication" skills.


PERFECT EXAMPLES

There are two errors in the following unit. Find and correct them.

"The office and myself are much better known to the public," said Fraser: "I think more attention is paid generally to our reports than may have been the case in the past."
Trevor Wilhelm, "Auditor enjoys star status", The Windsor Star, Tuesday, November 25, 2008.


TODAY'S WORD

The word for today is "extolment".
Define "extolment" and use it in a sentence.

2 comments:

Jim said...

Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work in a noble pursuit.
Jim

BJ said...

Congrats! I don't visit the blog everyday but when I do I enjoy it. Perhaps you can post the diff between 'intent' and 'intention', if there is one. How about continuous versus contiguous?
BJ