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September 20, 2010

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Daphne

I wonder, Lynn, if you've ever heard this gem, oft repeated by a former boss. Sometimes in trying to make a point, if it seemed that she was getting nowhere she would lose patience and say, in frustration, "Well, it's a mute point now!" Of course, she meant "a MOOT point." I always struggled (and laughed) trying to imagine a scenario in which a point might truly be "mute."

Andrea

I had to explain to a classmate the difference between perform and preform.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Daphne, thanks for the wonderful example!

Andrea, that's interesting. I had thought it a typo when people wrote "preform." I guess it was more than that. I am glad you set your classmate straight.

Lynn

Randy Averill

One of my pet peeves is "insure"/"ensure." You insure something against loss or failure, but you ensure that it won't fail in the first place (ensure those straps are secure so your boat doesn't roll off the trailer, especially since you are not insured for that type of loss).

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Randy, thanks for the perfect examples of a word pair that often confounds people.

Lynn

Saeed

good tip

james Crawley

the Scottish/Irish word Carnaptious , was originally proper English too, but fell into disuse because of the Scottish /Irish sharp AHHH , now proper english has thrown out the word carnaptious in favour of Cantankerous, but Carnaptious is more fitting to people who start their day with a cup of vinegar, instead of a tea spoonful of honey

Jimbo

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Jimbo, thanks for telling us about the long lost "carnaptious." It does sound like an excellent word!

Lynn

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