Friday, August 15, 2008

PLEASE GET INVOLVED

SO/VERY

Here is a challenge. Your answer should reflect the actual meanings of the words.

Explain the difference between "so" and "very".


TODAY'S WORD

The word for today is "minion".
Define "minion" and use it in a sentence that conveys its meaning.
Try using the word both as an adjective and as a noun.


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CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS

Corrections and explanations for this week's entries will be posted Sunday.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A VERITABLE PLETHORA

ONE! TWO! THREE! WOW!

Find and correct the errors in the entries cited below. (A snob purist would say there are five; three should be obvious.)

"Just beyond the Windsor area fuel prices are about a nickel a litre cheaper. Go a bit further to Kingsville or Leamington, and the savings are almost a dime a litre."
Doug Schmidt, "Need to fill up? County gas cheaper", The Windsor Star, Thursday, August 14, 2008.

"Burton went a step farther and argued that Canadian Pacific - which also had fatalities on its tracks - should be pressured to erect more fences along its line, which also passes through Lakeshore and Tecumseh.
Gary Rennie, "Tecumseh backs railway fence", The Windsor Star, Thursday, August 14, 2008.

"But twining the existing facility would cost more -- $43 per household."
Monica Wolfson, "Amherstburg council urged to build arena", The Windsor Star, Thursday, August 14, 2008.


TODAY'S WORD

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

THIS & THAT

FURL/FURROW

Define and explain the difference in meaning between "furl" and "furrow".
Create sentences that demonstrate the meanings of each word.


A WONDERFUL ETHIC

Identify the author of the following line.

“Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.”


TODAY'S WORD

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

TUESDAY'S TAKE

TAKEN BACK/TAKEN ABACK

Explain the difference in meaning between "taken back" and "taken aback".
Create sentences for each term that illustrate your explanations.


TODAY'S WORD

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

Monday, August 11, 2008

MONDAY MUSINGS

MEANTIME/MEANWHILE

There is a difference between "meantime" and "meanwhile".
Explain the difference and use each word in a sentence.


TODAY'S WORD

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