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What Happens in Your Mouth Should Have Stayed in Your Mouth


Being sick is no fun. Here in Los Angeles, we experienced a heatwave, and having a strain of the common cold in a heatwave is really no fun.

Now that I am healthy again, here are more utterings that make me sick:

Strategic means long term — No, strategic means “pertaining to, or characterized by, or of the nature of, strategy. Strategy means “a plan, method, or series of maneuvers for obtaining specific goal or result.”

So, it could be long term or short term.

It’s Miller time — Except that he was holding a Modelo beer bottle when he said it.

I want to thank Gary for contributing to my regime — She meant regiment because Gary sells supplements and products aimed at making life better. Besides, Gary is the president of the networking group, so it’s his regime.

I want to thank you for putting in my hot-water heater — If it’s already hot, why does it need to be heated?

People are literally still talking about it — Maybe, but at that moment, no one within earshot was talking except you.

She brought a plate of Coast Guard girls for me to dance with — What is a plate of Coast Guard girls? I think he means bevy, which refers to a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association. But the secondary definition at dictionary.com reads, “a large group or collection,” and the example given is “a bevy of boisterous sailors.”

All of a sudden, a herd of dolphins came swimming towards us — It’s a pod of dolphins. And it’s toward not towards.

You know how they say, “What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico?” — No, that refers to Las Vegas. According to theweek.com, the ad agency R&R Partners came up with the ad campaign, “What happens here, stays here” for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority in 2003.

“What happens in Vegas,” is a movie that came out five years later, likely to capitalize on the bastardized catchphrase.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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October 31, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Seven Things Networkers Should Never Say


George Carlin had this “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” I have these seven things networkers said but shouldn’t have.

You need to be page one of Google for better or worser — I would much rather be found on page one of Google, for better or worse. (I choose better; this writer didn’t.)

We’re donating proceeds to the devastation down South — I would much rather have my proceeds donated to the people who suffered in the devastation down South.

When there’s no traffic, the drive literally goes faster — Thank you for stating the obvious.

We’re hosting the first-ever marathon. It’s only a 5k — Then it isn’t a marathon, is it? A marathon is 26 miles, 385 yards. A 5-kilometer run is 3.1 miles. Big difference.

And first-ever is redundant.

You’re getting your ticket comped. Like Compton — No, getting your ticket comped means it’s free. No disrespect to Compton intended; I have yet to meet the person who calls Compton “free.”

I don’t think I can say free — You just did.

I represent over a bunch of insurance companies — When you don’t know, fake it.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

October 5, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some Problems with Texting


A networker sent me this text that he received:

“I guess you missed the e-mail I sent you that I did get the Sat. Wedding gig so I was not going to be available Sat. Or Sunday. My second boss went out of town for a week and Im doing tons of work for them at there house this week. Maybe Wed. At 3:30 Malibu Library works the Topanga is to far for now cause of all the work I doing for the writers.”

The writer is American, and English is the primary spoken language, but you’d never know it from all the mistakes. Some of the problems are because of auto-correct (the capitalization of wedding, or and at, for example), but this is an example of why one must do a better job of self-editing.

Im instead of I’mThere instead of their? To instead of too? Not to mention the missing punctuation marks after 3:30 and works, and the it/them disagreement (boss is singular, but the writer uses the plural them). These are easy-to-fix mistakes.

Last week, I spoke at a networking meeting about who one must (should?) pay a professional for communications. One reason I gave was how one’s credibility is at stake with very piece of communication one sends out.

While I’m not suggesting I should be paid to edit one’s personal texts, this is nonetheless a great example a credibility gap.

Thanks to Richard C. for the text.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

October 3, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment