Pools of Blessing for Tisquantum and Us

Posted by JoAnne French on June 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Pools of Blessing for Tisquantum and Us

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping
it will become a place of refreshing springs
where pools of blessing collect after the rains!

 

These Psalm 84 words (NLT) form a precious and vivid picture o...

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Incurable Word Sleuth in the Choir Loft

Posted by JoAnne French on April 9, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Even in the familiar and beloved songs of the Easter season, there are places where meter and rhyme leave correct grammar behind. Such a glitch was found this weekend in the well-known O Sacred Head Now Wounded. One verse states, And though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. That first phrase should refer to "I" as the subject of the sentence created, rather than "Thee". Deep meaning is still there, with poetic license.

Singing the Hallelujah Chorus ...

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Incurable Word Sleuth in Greek Class

Posted by JoAnne French on March 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth in Greek Class

My New Testament Greek professor would be ever so proud that a major point of his was learned well, and also firmly remembered several decades after his class.

 

He was discussing how in all languages it is imperative to have exact and correct use of a word for the intended meaning to be clear. His memorable example was Matthew 19:26 where Jesus told His disciples...but with God all things ar...

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Radio

Posted by JoAnne French on February 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Even my favorite local gospel radio station sometimes gets curious notice from the Word Sleuth. Three common blips come to mind.

 

The most frequent is in the traffic news, when we are warned about an earlier crash. What other kind are there? Can they tell us about the crash that will happen later? Technically “earlier” is only needed when a second accident is sadly caused by traffic snarl from a...yes, earlier...crash. If there is just one crash...it is no...

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Computer

Posted by JoAnne French on January 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Computer

 

This is a favorite find in recent times, proving the adage about being able to write on the internet not meaning that one should do so.

 

This was from someone's notes about an upcoming media launch. The piece informed the reader to be sure to "keep you're eye's pealed".

 

Is there a way to misspell keep? The way some people's misspelling go...

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Mall

Posted by JoAnne French on January 23, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Mall

It always brings a Word Sleuth smile...the signs at the mall which declare: Buy One. Get One. Well yes, we should hope so! Two for the price of one might be a clearer way to put it.

How carefully we must do our math in addition to watching the grammar! How often do we do a double take upon seeing a "75% Sale"? Before purchase we need to clarify...75% OFF, or 75% of the original price.

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Bank

Posted by JoAnne French on January 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Bank

There are three very common errors in the banking realm...perhaps not made by bank personnel themselves, but people in related services. These are what my son calls repetitive redundancies, illustrating the point with this ungrammatical description.

People may ask where the ATM machine is, or complain about its operation. Or, signs at convenience stores inform us the the ATM machine is inside.

Then at th...

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Market

Posted by JoAnne French on January 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Market

Shopping brings interesting things into the Word Sleuth’s collection of grammar goofs.One famous one seen often in shops and boutiques: We are the premiere source of...(you name it).  Wrong. My crutch on this: Premiere is fancier with its extra e, reminding me that dressing fancy is appropriate for a premiere...opening night or first showing of something.

Premier...no e at the end...is used for any o...

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Restaurant

Posted by Kathleen Schubitz on December 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Restaurant

It is probably this kind of experience which brewed the “incurable” part of my nickname...even restaurant menus do not escape my editing scrutiny. It is a habit shared with my late husband, Bill, who though...

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Watching TV

Posted by JoAnne French on December 5, 2011 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Watching TV

How many of us lived through a childhood time when we assumed that whatever was in a book was correct, and true? Have we now passed on that same infallibility to our TV? Sadly, neither is a proper placement of our trust regarding grammar...

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