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An Unbelievable Email


I received the following email. There just is no way this is real.

I am Mr.Donald Trump the president of the united states of america and I am written to inform you about your Bank Check Draft brought by United Embassy from the government of Benin Republic to the white house Washington DC and has been mandated
to be deliver to your home address on Friday, being June 02, 2017 as soon as you get back to me with your below information.

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
City _______________
Country: ____________
Next Of Kin_____________
Phone Number: _____________
Age_____________
Nationality_____________
Text Question And Answer___________
Attach Copy Of Your ID _____________
  
You check is containing the sum of $60 million USD.
Here is my number.(253)336_8597) and (202) 852-3953) E-mails is
(mrdonaldtrumpthepresident@gmail.com) OR (mrdonaldtrumpthepresident@yahoo.com) you can call me or send me an sms, but i prefer sms because I'm always busy in the white house and i can't be able to pick calls all the time.
 
I will be waiting to hear from you immediately, thanks and God bless you.
 
Sincerely
Mr.Donald Trump
The president

How unreal can this be? There are too many ways to count. It boggles my mind.

The email address is phony; Trump wouldn’t use a gmail or yahoo email address. The capitalization errors are numerous. There has been no news that the president has had anything to do with the African nation Benin in his 100-plus days in office.

I actually want to call the phone numbers but am afraid to.

Please, please, please, nobody believe this.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

June 1, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to Remember the World’s Capitals


In this week’s issue of Time magazine, the editors show how much a basket of grocery essentials costs in the world’s priciest capitals. It lists Seoul, Singapore, Paris and London.

It also includes New York City.

New York City?

Last I checked, New York City is not a capital. Last I checked, Washington is the capital of our country (New York is its largest city), and Albany is the state capital of New York. There’s also a New York County, which is basically the borough of Manhattan, meaning other parts of New York City are in other counties: Brooklyn is in Kings County, Queens is in Queens County, the Bronx is in Bronx County and Staten Island is in Richmond County.

Now, I know many people consider New York the financial and cultural capitals of the world, but those are unofficial. I also know that New York is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, but Time didn’t say “priciest cities.”

I’ll be looking for a correction in the next issue.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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March 22, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Absence of Gender Neutrality in Softball


I recently read an article about gender-neutral language on a Plymouth (N.H.) State University Women’s Studies web page. It listed 29 examples of gender-bias and the gender-neutral equivalent.

Most of them are already in use:

mankind/humankind

stewardess/flight attendant,

policeman/police officer,

fireman/firefighter,

waiter/waitress/server,

mailman/mail carrier,

salesman/salesperson/sales clerk,

manning/staffing,

manpower/work force,

weatherman/meteorologist,

gunman/shooter,

mountain man/mountaineer

and anchorman/anchorperson.

Others might one day be the norm: caveman/prehistoric people, brotherhood/kinship, cowboy/rancher, foreman/leader, congressman/congressional representative.

Then there are those that I can’t ever believe will be used: milkman/milk vendor, snowman/snowperson, freshman/first year.

That leaves the single sports one: First baseman. Why is there no gender-neutral equivalent? Plymouth State lists first base player, but I can’t see that ever becoming the norm. I’m around softball, and even now, the girls refer to themselves as basemen, not base persons or base players.

The closest I’ve heard  is a coach who simply calls out his/her player’s name and assigns a position: “Katie, first base.”

Anybody got any ideas? Leave a message.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

May 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is The Real Name of the February Holiday?


I remember as a child that I didn’t have school on or near Feb. 12 and Feb. 22, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and George Washington’s birthday. When I reached high school, however, I only got one day off, and it was called Presidents Day, and it fell between the two birthdays (I also remember it because for many years, one local radio station played nothing but Beatles music for the entire weekend. God I miss that).

In driving around the city this weekend, I saw a middle school and a high school announce that there was no school because of President’s Day. I couldn’t believe it. Presidents Day (or Presidents’ Day) follows the same rule as Veterans Day: It honors more than one. In February’s case, it’s Lincoln and Washington. I figured this was another example of our public schools failing our children, further proof our society is becoming less intelligent, and additional evidence that we mangle the English language more  than we have to, etc.

Or so I thought.

In looking at the list of federal holidays on the Office of Personnel Management (opm.gov), there is no such holiday as Presidents Day, Presidents’ Day or President’s Day.

The official name is Washington’s Birthday.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

February 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

He Flew the “Coop” and Joined a “Co-op”


When I see this pair misused, it’s likely because the writer forgot the hyphen, resulting in sentences such as “People often move into a coop because they find it less expensive.”

Obviously, living with fowl would be less expensive, but definitely more messy.

A co-op is short for cooperative. A coop, of course, is a poultry cage. It’s also a nickname for former Laker Michael Cooper, but that’s another matter.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

November 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment