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Words, words, words: August ’15

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Write it right

Jibe, gibe, jive talkin'

Here’s a threesome that can trip up even seasoned editors.

Jive: To speak in a way that’s exaggerated or insincere in order to fool or mislead. I never went to the concert; I was just jiving you.

Jibe: To be in harmony, agreement or accord. His account of the break-in didn’t jibe with investigators’ evidence.

Gibe: A taunt, jeer or pointed comment. The comedian ended the show with a gibe at our table.

 

Say it right

2 ways to say “beloved”

When it’s a noun (She is my beloved), it’s pronounced be-luv-id. Otherwise, it’s pronounced be-luvd (She was glad to be back in her beloved hometown).

 

Spell it right

Too many e’s

Two common words that often erroneously take on an extra “e”:

It’s judgment, not judgement; and it’s acknowledgment, not acknowledgement.

 

Wise Words

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’” — Winnie the Pooh

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