Be clear about what you mean Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

I was walking in the mall yesterday when I saw a sign that read “leak diverter kit.”  What in the world was that? I also once knew a guy who said, “I have had eloquent sufficiency and any more would be detrimental to my internal capacity.” Come again?

Sometimes people have a lot of something and say they have a “dearth” of whatever it is.

We were going shopping yesterday and a sign read “something something seperate something.” On that one, spell check would have come in handy. I don’t remember the rest of the sign or what business it was on, but I do remember “seperate.”

There’s a motel chain called Super Eight but “suppurate” means “pus that comes from a wound.” The words are pronounced the same but, every time I see a Super Eight, I think “Oh, there’s the pus motel.”

Here’s the skinny on all of this. The “leak diverter kit,” which was misspelled by the way, was a bucket.

The fellow with the “eloquent sufficiency” was saying that he was “fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing” and that he apparently admitted he did it too much for our taste (how true!). Furthermore,he was saying that he was full of what he was speaking or writing (again, very true!). However, he thought he was saying that he was full of food and didn’t want any more to eat. What a shame! He’s been saying the wrong thing for years.

A “dearth” means you don’t have very many of something, instead of having too many.

The word “separate” is spelled like I just spelled it.

And, of course, we have our wonderful Pus Motel. I rest my case.

Best,

Dr. Sheri


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Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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