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Don’t Lose Your Loose Balls


While visiting my daughter at Chapman University this past weekend, we played a little mini golf, and my daughter spotted this sign:

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Look at the third rule.

How do you loose your ball? Maybe they mean “If your ball comes loose from the course,” but it’s more likely a typo.

And for what it’s worth, I saw numerous people ignore the second rule.

Including us.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com 

January 29, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

On Due Process vis-a-vis Impeachment


We are approaching a momentous day: For only the third time in our history, the Senate will decide if an impeached president should be removed from office.

But this isn’t about politics. This is about words. And people are using the words incorrectly.

I have heard people say, “The Senate will never impeach Trump.” They’re right; that’s the House’s job. What they mean to say is that they believe the Senate will never vote to convict and remove the president from office.

I also refer to a statement I saw from White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham: “President Trump has done nothing wrong. He looks forward to having the due-process rights in the Senate that Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats denied to him, and expects to be fully exonerated.”

I take issue with the part about due process being denied. Trump and his supporters often have complained that the House’s impeachment inquiry denied the president due process.

However, the House impeaching a president is akin to a grand jury hearing. According to Find Law, a prosecutor works with a grand jury to decide whether to bring criminal charges or an indictment against a potential defendant. There is no defendant, no defense attorney, no right to call witnesses or anything else associated with the provisions laid out in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

In short, there is inherently no due process, so it can’t be denied.

Once the trial in the Senate commences, due process comes into play. The president will have people defending him, with all the rights granted in the two aforementioned Amendments, plus anything else the Senate decides to allow. If something happens that prevents that, then we’ve got a real problem.

For now, though, everything is correct, no matter what one side tries to say.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com 

January 20, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Written and Spoken Networking Nonsense


As I’ve written before, I hear more nonsense coming out of networker’s mouths than anywhere else. Sometimes, I read nonsense coming out of networker’s printers, too.

Like this from a dentist:

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Now, when I saw this, I immediately knew this was a typo. The R and T keys are next to each other on a keyboard, so it’s obvious the guy accidentally typed the T instead of the R.

But, for God’s sake, USE SPELLCHECK! Then you’d know it’s not only obviously misspelled, it’s two words.

Of course, what would be a networking meeting without someone uttering something ridiculous? The other night, I heard a hairdresser say, “Today, I was working on Audrey Hepburn.”

Really? You do know she died in 1993 and is buried in Switzerland? That’s some trip you took. And how difficult was it to dig her up? What did her hair look like after all these years? Did you also shampoo it?

Now, I know she meant to say she was working on a woman’s hair that resembled a style Audrey Hepburn once wore, perhaps from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

But you’ve got to be able to speak clearly and concisely or your credibility takes a hit.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com 

January 14, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Read the Labels and Decide for Yourself


My daughter is quite the activist, so much so that she was voted Class Activist by her high school class.

Most of her activism stems from a desire to see women treated equally, but sometimes she moves into gender-neutral areas.

Such as water.

She recently asked me if I’ve ever read the label of a Dasani water bottle. I hadn’t, so she showed me, asking me to pay close attention to the last ingredient:

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Salt. It makes you thirsty.  According to Indiana public media, when the thirst center in your brain goes on alert because things are too salty and the body needs water to dilute the salt, that’s when you start to feel thirsty. The kidneys help dilute the salt too by slowing down urine production and conserving water.

My daughter said she thinks Coca-Cola, which owns Dasani, has salt added so you will drinik more because you’re thirsty from all that salt. Time magazine begged to differ, writing in 2014 , “The additives being put into water are those naturally found in water and the quantities of these additives are likely too small to be of much significance.”

Take a look at the second-to-last ingredient. Recognize it? It’s the third drug in the cocktail used to execute by lethal injection. I seriously doubt there’s enough in a bottle to kill you, but it’s still interesting.

So, here’s the point: Read the labels, and then decide if the words are really a conspiracy or just a list of ingredients.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com 

January 13, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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