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“Back up!” the cop yelled as he called for “backup”


Welcome back! I’ve missed you, my small in number but fiercely loyal followers. Editing a 230-page manuscript took me away from this blog, but now I’m back.

So, let’s start with backup/back up. There are so many words in our wonderful (?) language that, if you merely remove a space, you turn a noun or adjective into a verb. This is an example.

Unfortunately, people don’t realize this, which is why I’ve read sentences such as “Backup, he said.”

My response: Backup what? It could be a million things: extra police, extra firefighters, additional sports team players, employees, your computer program’s method of saving info, or 999,995 others.

Just remember to back up and reread your sentences to ensure you’ve properly called for backup.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

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April 3, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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