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Another Example of Putting Your Credibility at Stake


As I’ve said before, one’s credibility is at stake every time one sends any form of communication. When we’re talking amongst friends, it doesn’t matter if we misspeak. Maybe someone will point it out, humorously, and everyone will have a good laugh.

But when it comes to business, you simply cannot make a mistake. If you do, maybe you’ll lose business, as perhaps this guy is.

Apple today is announcing the new Mac OS Catalina. Do NOT upgrade your computer until you have checked with the manufactures if their current version of software will work with it. If you do, you have the protential of breaking the software that you use and you will be dead in the water until the software manufactures updates their software to work with the new OS. Some companies will give the green light today others might be a few months. My tech support has created a page to pull all of that information together, so you do not have to goto every manufacure’s website.

My question to you: Would you use this guy for tech support?

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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September 12, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m Coughing Just Thinking About It


As I filled up my car’s tank with gasoline, I saw this sign.20190914-173828.jpeg

Many thoughts went through my head, including as opposed to regular-priced smog?

I think there was enough space to include the word “check.”

I went to the website. There’s another photo that’s correct:

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Go figure. Just don’t let your eyes burn.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

September 18, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Nude Pictures, or Pictures of Nudes?


I am obviously nitpicking here, but consider this.

Attached is a photo of an article from The New Yorker, about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.586546544001002003.jpg

Within the drawn oval is the parenthetical sentence “He often took nude pictures of girls…” We always take this to mean the pictures are of nude girls, but if you closely examine the words, the author is saying the picture is nude. Of course, it’s not nude — it has an image of a nude girl on it!

This is an example of how language evolves into shortcuts that we all understand but are technically incorrect. Even I have uttered the term “naked pictures” when referring to the people in the photos. However, it would be much more correct to say, “He often took pictures of nude girls…”

Something to consider the next time you take a picture. Thanks to Richard C. for the clipping.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

September 5, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Newspaper Double Entendres


Not only must you ensure you’re using the right words, you must ensure that you’re using them to convey the exact meaning you intend, as these newspaper headlines fail to do. Read them a certain way, and they make sense; however, read them another way …

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Miners Refuse to Work After Death

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

Red Tape Holds up New Bridges

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Thanks to George G. for sending me these.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

September 4, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Your “Led” Out With This Résumé-Killing Word


Writing résumés is one of the many jobs I do. I make sure that the document tells the story about one’s work history and carries this message: “This is what I’ve done in the past, and I can do the same for you.”

One thing I tell all résumé clients: READ YOUR DOCUMENT CAREFULLY! You do not want anything misspelled because your credibility is at stake. Indeed, a 2014 survey found that 63 percent of employers would reject a job candidate who had just one or two typos on their résumé.

And using a spellcheck program might not work because you might have the word spelled correctly, but it’s the wrong word.

Example: lead and led.

The four-letter word is present tense, the other is past tense.

So, if you are in charge of something now, use lead. If you were in charge of something in a previous job or of a project that has ended, use led.

And if you’re referring to a pencil, it’s lead.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

August 28, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

At the Movies


I received this photo from a fellow networker. He sent with it the following comment:

“I didn’t want to buy a restroom so I had to wait until after the movie.”

I couldn’t have said it any better.

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Thanks to George G. for the photo and comment.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

August 2, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Collusion About Russians a Crime?


You probably think I’m going to get political with this post, but I’m simply dealing with words.

A couple of days ago, Rudy Giuliani was quoted on CNN as saying, “I don’t know if that’s even a crime, colluding about Russians.”

It’s not. Colluding with Russians might be, but colluding about Russians isn’t.

To collude is “to act together through a secret understanding, especially with evil or harmful intent” and “to conspire in a fraud.”

Acting together through a secret understanding about Russians makes no sense. Nor does  conspiring in a fraud about Russians.

Say what you want about Giuliani’s intellect. Say what you want about Trump and the company he keeps. Heck, say what you want about whether you think collusion with Russia is a crime and if the House of Representatives should impeach the President as a result.

But if Trump and his cronies were only guilty of colluding about Russians, there’s no crime as far as I can read.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

July 31, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Believe This, You Probably Believed the Russians Didn’t Affect Your Vote


I received the following email. The less said about it, the better.

Listen, for your own good, please  Stop  sending your hard earn money to Impostors/fraudsters who always claims to be Government officials and staffs of so many Banks in Nigeria, GHANA, South Africa, Benin Republic, UK , Switzerland, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Canada.

I am telling you this because from our monitoring Gadget on fraud practice going on in the whole world today,I noticed that some Nigerian  corrupt officials who contacted you  previously have engage themselves with Mr.Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central bank of Nigeria to blacklist your payment file in Nigeria so that your payment will not be release on time as they are making more profit with your overdue
payment by given out loan to people both in Nigeria and Abroad .

Through our investigation in Central Bank of Nigeria few days ago with our monitoring Gadget on fraud activities, I discovered that some Nigerian  corrupt officials and Mr.Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central bank of Nigeria have been demanding unnecessary fees from you and anytime you sent money to them, they will come back with another different story in less than 48 hours to tell you to send more money again and again and at the end of it, no success on your payment release.

 Meaning that their intention is to get you frustrated so that they will have more time  to trade with your overdue payment by given out loan to people both in Nigeria and Abroad.

Anyway, I don't  know if you have take your time and ask yourself why each time Mr.Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central bank of Nigeria release OR approve  your payment, then  all of A sudden, the payment will get stopped or one problem or the other will come up?  Listen, It is because that some Nigerian  corrupt officials and Mr.Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central bank of Nigeria have blacklisted your payment
file as they are making more profit with your payment by given out loan to people .

Now in other to make things easy for you and also to remove you from too much stress, I have contacted the Nigerian Ambassador in USA Mr.Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor to visit the BB&T Bank in USA and then sign the Nigerian Fund Release Debit Approval Document on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to release your part payment
valued US$10,000,000.00 through our Oil reserve account with BB&T Bank in USA so that Mr. Christopher L. Henson , President & Chief Operating Officer BB&T BANK in USA will be able to Debit a sum of US$10M from our Oil reserve account with BB&T Bank in USA and then transfer it to your Nominated Bank account as your part
payment.

Please kindly contact Mr. Christopher L. Henson , President & Chief Operating Officer BB&T BANK, USA through his direct contact email here in Bracket ( email deleted here   ) and endeavor to furnish him with your full Bank details for Immediate transfer of your part payment valued US$10M.

Please endeavor to let Mr. Christopher L. Henson , President & Chief Operating Officer BB&T BANK, USA to know if you want your payment by Bank to Bank transfer OR by ATM CARD.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

July 27, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peeping Tom Cried “Mayday!” as he Ate an Avocado at Xmas


As I kept reading Charles Harrington Elster’s book “What in the Word? Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to Your Peskiest Questions About Language,” I found myself fascinated by the stories of how certain words or phrases began.

So, here are some more.

Avocado — From the Aztec word ahuacatl, which Spanish conquerors mispronounced as aguacate, which is what the fruit is called today. Other Spanish speakers translated ahuacatl as “avocado.”

Jiffy — It originates from the 1785 book “Baron Munchausen’s Travels” by Rudolph Raspe (other sources call it “Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia” by Rudolf Erich Raspe), who likely invented the word and used it as a measure of time (“six jiffies”).

Mayday — From the French m’aider, in the phrase venez m’aider, meaning “come help me.” In English m’aider is pronounced “mayday.”

Mind your p’s and q’s — Elster dismisses the notion it means “pints and quarts.” He says no one is really sure what it means, but the most likely answer comes from penmanship. P and Q follow each other in the alphabet, and the lower-case versions are often confused by youngsters just learning how to write them.

Peeping Tom — He was a tailor who bored a hole in his shutter and watched Lady Godiva ride by.

The whole story, from folklore and not literature, has Lady Godiva, wife of Leofric (sometimes spelled Leoffric), Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry, riding through town naked (some sources says she wore form-fitting satin) because she cared about her subjects and wanted her husband to stop taxing them so highly, which he said he would do if she rode though the city. She issued a proclamation saying everybody stay inside with the windows and shutters closed while she did this. Tom was severely punished. Some sources say he was killed, others say he was blinded. None of them explain how he was discovered.

Xmas — X is the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet, chi, and stands for Christ.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

July 24, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Cop Bought the Farm during the Dog Days


Many of my friends and associates know what I do with words, and so they often send me photos or passages demonstrating words being used correctly or, more often, incorrectly.

But one friend sent me a book. It’s a 2005 book by Charles Harrington Elster called “What in the Word? Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to Your Peskiest Questions about Language.” According to Wikipedia, Elster has written many books about language.

In the first part of the book, people ask questions about where phrases’ origins. Here are some.

Bought the farm — When a pilot crashed in a rural area, the owner often sued the government and got enough money to pay off the mortgage and own the farm outright.

Cop — Police are called this because in northern England, to cop meant “to capture, catch, lay hold of,” and that’s part of the job description.

Decked out — “Deck” is a verb meaning “to clothe” and “to adorn.” This is why we “deck the halls with boughs of holly.”

Dog days — In Roman times, the hottest days of summer were called caniculares dies because they believed the dog star (Sirius), when it rose with the sun, added heat.

German chocolate cake — “German” actually is Samuel German, who developed the recipe.

Green room — Elster says this term goes at least back to a 1701 play. It probably has to do with the rooms had walls painted green to give the eyes some welcome contrast to the bright lights they experienced on stage. “Probably” because no one is completely sure, Elster says.

Pinkie/Pinky finger — From the Dutch pinkje, the diminutive form of “pink.” But Elster can’t explain why the Dutch used that word to describe the little finger.

Pushing the envelope — “Envelope” refers to an aircraft’s performance limits, so when a pilot tries to do that (see: Tom Cruise’s character in “Top Gun”), he’s pushing the envelope.

Santa Ana wind — This hot wind is named for the large flow of gasses that comes out of the Santa Ana Mountains.

What the dickens/deuce — A euphemism for “what the devil.”

Thanks to Warren S. for the book.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

July 19, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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