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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

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!


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

Outdated Facts Means Outdated Words

Although Hanukkah began on Tuesday, my family got together on Sunday for our annual family Hanukkah gathering. In addition to the usual money I get, I received “The Bathroom Trivia Book: Nuggets of Knowledge for America’s Favorite Reading Room.” This interested me, and then I saw that this book was published in 1986.

That got me REALLY interested. I figured that there were some facts presented therein that are no longer true (so, therefore, the wrong words were being used).

Sure enough, I found some. First comes the book “facts,” then today’s, culled from numerous online sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state websites and some general knowledge I know.

  1. Women get married, on average, at age 21; men at age 23. Today, it’s 27 and 29.
  2. The only person whose birthday is a legal holiday everywhere in the U.S. is George Washington. Today, Martin Luther King joins him.
  3. Marilyn Monroe was the inspiration behind Tinker Bell in Disney’s “Peter Pan.” Nope, it was actress Margaret Kerry.
  4. The most common surname in the word is Chang (Zhang). Now, it’s Li (or Lee).
  5. Herbert Hoover lived the longest after leaving the presidency: 31 years.  Today, Jimmy Carter is at almost 37 years and counting.
  6. Park Street is the most popular street name. Today, it’s fifth (Second is first), but it’s still the most popular that isn’t a number.
  7. The three closest countries to the U.S. are Canada, Mexico and the Soviet Union. Of course, the USSR doesn’t exist anymore. Russia is now the third.
  8. And I end on a sad note. The World Trade Center has 43,600 windows. Today, it doesn’t exist.

Until next time! Use the right words!

December 14, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Won the Lottery … Again?

I think that so much identity theft online is due to people responding to emails such as the one below. How can anyone really believe something with this many errors (I lost count after 50) is legitimate? It’s one of many online scams obviously been written by someone whose first language isn’t English.

Dear Beneficiary

This is Oregon Lottery Department, We are writing to officially inform you about
the ongoing free award given prize from Oregon US Lottery Online Promotions. Email
Belong to the said beneficiary have been selected as one of our lucky online participant to partake in this free giving online promotion Award.

Below is the prize description and more information about this Prize given to you.
Please read carefully from beginning to end and treat genuinely.

Description prize;

$800,000 USD

Please Note: There are online Lottery Scam that can be found on the Internet such
as BMW Lottery Scam, which you can easily search on google. Our Company(Oregon
Lottery) have never been recognized as one the partakers of Online Lottery Scam.
Please search the Internet for confirmation if you have any doubts.

As a proof of our legitimacy we have a confirmation of a participant who won the
sum of $6,400,000 from Iraq and due to security reason, he pleaded for his name not
to be revealed on the Internet.

We provided the link so you can make confirmation by yourself and for you to know
we are well verified.

This lottery selection process was carried out through random selection in our
computerized email selection system (ESS) from a database of over 10,000 email
addresses drawn out from USA and Canada, your email appear to be among the lucky winners, this is the reason we contacted you.

Our Lottery Organization was also confirmed by Prof. I. Nelson Rose the eminent
professor of law at the Whittier Law School in California that Oregon Lottery
method of providing Online tickets and free award to beneficiaries around the globe
to lottery participants is (100%) Legitimate.

The Oregon Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the
International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your fiduciary agent
assigned for you with her information below and she would be providing you her ID
for verification of her Identity before proceeding on delivering your prize.

Name: Eileen Benko
Work uslotydepartment@gmail
State: Florida
Country: USA
State of Residence: Oregon
Occupation: Fiduciary Agent

Due to Online Frauds and to prevent a third party from getting your winnings and
prize, We have provided a little security check that will enable us confirm we are
in contact with the real owner of this email. Please Provide your Fiduciary agent your winner ID and also the following information needed below for security check.

Oregon : 466125AGDY02/13.


Full Name:
Direct Mobile Number:

This would enable her give you the next required step in completing this
transaction and delivering your prize to you successfully.

Congratulations once again,

FINAL NOTE: Replying this email with your winner ID and information?s required
would take you straight to your Fiduciary Agent automatically. Always know you are
replying to her directly.

Mr. Barry Pack

For the record, I have won lotteries in Oregon, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United Nations, which as far as I know, doesn’t have a lottery.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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September 29, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Bad? Your Bad What?

During this past weekend’s high school volleyball tournament in which I officiated, I again was reminded of how the younger generation has its own way of talking, and I’m not so sure it’s always better.

Case in point: Using an adjective as a noun. Specifically, bad.

As any word snob will tell you, bad is an adjective meaning, among other definitions, “poor,” “unfavorable,” “spoiled,” “not sound,” “morally objectionable,” “disagreeable,” “unpleasant,” “disobedient,” “injurious,” “harmful,” “severe” and “unhealthy.”

So, when a volleyball player made a mistake and told her teammate, “My bad,” I wanted to say to her, “Your bad what?” Your bad volleyball playing? Your bad hitting? Your bad digging? Your bad serving?

Since it wouldn’t be professional to actually speak up and ask that, I could only guess it was the time she hit the ball into the net.

I supposed it would have been bad to have asked her what she meant.

Until next time! Use the right words!


October 29, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

He “Flouts” Community Standards While He “Flaunts” His Wealth

I’ve not come across this before, but apparently people misuse flaunt. But since this is a full-service blog, I present this to you.

People know that flaunt means “to show off noticeably,” and they usually use it in the context of wealth. But according to, which is based on the 2012 Random House Dictionary,  “The use of flaunt to mean ‘to ignore or treat with disdain’ … is strongly objected to by many usage guides, which insist that only flout can properly express this meaning. From its earliest appearance in English in the 16th century, flaunt has had the meanings ‘to display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly’ in public and ‘to parade or display ostentatiously.’ These senses approach those of flout, which dates from about the same period: ‘to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock.’ A sentence like Once secure in his new social position, he was able to flaunt his lower-class origins can thus be ambiguous in current English.

Bold and italics added by me. To sum up: Flout means “to scornfully ignore;” flaunt means “to show off.”

Perhaps there are people who correctly use flout but it sounds like flaunt. I can’t remember ever hearing flout, but there’s no reason I can’t learn along with you.

Until next time! Use the right words!

May 31, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Here’s “Another” Chance to Misuse “Additional”

Today’s post comes from the “just because everybody does it doesn’t maker it right” files.

Most people use another and additional interchangeably. My dictionary uses additional in one of its six definitions of another. The good folks at list them as synonyms of the word extra.

They might be synonyms of extra, but they are not synonyms of each other.

In its truest sense, additional refers to one more of the same thing: I want an additional piece of pie.

Another refers to a different element of something that has been previously stated: Ten soldiers answered the call, but another five fled to Canada.

I hope you don’t make another mistake with these two words.

Until next time! Use the right words!

January 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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