Examples of this:
- Kleenex instead of tissues
- Band Aid instead of bandages
- Chapstick instead of lip balm
- Xerox instead of photocopy
- Coke (the beverage, not the drug) instead of soda, pop, etc.
To this list, one could also add Google used as a verb meaning “to look up online” (“I’ll Google that to find out.”) but I guess it would depend on if the person using the word is or is not using Google to do their search.
Look in the dictionary for this word and you’ll probably see a photo of me:
This is rather geeky to admit, but I do have favorite words. This has long been one of them:
This isn’t a correction or anything that needs fixing; rather, I thought you might find these words interesting.
The derecho that blew through Washington, DC yesterday. (Yahoo Images)
A year or two ago, there was a massive storm that ripped through Virginia. Afterward, many of us heard the word derecho for the first time.
In case you aren’t familiar, a derecho is Continue reading
Look carefully at the words ingenious and ingenuous. Do you know the difference? Both are adjectives, but they have completely different meanings and are also pronounced differently.
ingenious – having genius; brilliant; original and imaginative
ingenuous – lacking sophistication; straightforward; artless; naive; candid
At first glance one might think that noisome had something to do with noise and odious had something to do with odor, but that’s not the case.
noisome (adjective) offensive or disgusting, as an odor; harmful; noxious; stinking: noisome factory emissions
noisy (adjective) loud, harsh, or confused sounds; clamorous; tumultuous; vociferous: noisy football fans
odious (adjective) arousing hatred; abhorrent; repugnant; abominable; loathsome, detestable: an odious kidnapper
odorous (adjective) having a distinctive odor; smelly: an odorous stockyard
I got an email from my cell phone provider last week that started off: “To better service you…”
That should be serve you, not service you. Serve is the verb; service is a noun, adjective, and a verb with an object. You can service a car or, if you are being vulgar, one person can service another person, as in prostitution..
I was reading a news story about the tragic sinking of the HMS Bounty and death of her captain and a crew member when I came across this line:
… An ancestor of the 1789 mutiny of the original Bounty, Fletcher Christian, [Claudine Christian] had…
What the line above should have said was … A descendant of the 1789 mutiny…
An ancestor is relative who lived before you. It is a person from whom one is descended.
A descendant is someone descended from an ancestor; offspring.