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Apr 10

Zoology

20130728-194957.jpgSometimes, it just doesn’t seem to make any sense, but similar words have completely different pronunciations. Did you know this?

  • You pronounce “oo” in “zoo.”
  • You pronounce “oh-ah” in words like “zoology” and “zoologist” (they rhyme with “boa”).
  • You pronounce “oh-oh” in some technical words like “zooplankton.”

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Apr 09

Sacred / Scared

20130728-194957.jpgThis is one of those silly typos which your spelling checker won’t catch, that’s why you need to be very careful whenever you use these words. Being worshipped and being afraid shouldn’t be used interchangeably.

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Apr 08

Comprise / Compose

20130728-194957.jpgIt seems simple enough: “to comprise” means “to contain”, as in “The house comprises seven rooms.” The fly in the ointment as far as the word “comprise” goes is the similar-sounding word “compose,” which means “to make up,” as in “Many ethnic groups compose our nation.”

Now let’s talk about the phrases “is comprised of” and “is composed of.” One of these is allowed, and one is not. The one you can say is “is composed of,” so you could say, “Our nation is composed of many ethnic groups.”

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Apr 07

Ringer / Wringer

20130728-194957.jpgA “wringer” is an old-fashioned washing machine that lacked a spin cycle (you had to feed each piece of wet clothing between two rotating cylinders). This led to the metaphorical saying according to which someone put through an ordeal is said to have been put “through the wringer.”

Few people remember those old wringer washers, and many of them now mistakenly suppose the spelling of the expression should be “through the ringer.”

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Apr 03

Just so happens / Just happen

20130728-194957.jpgThe following expressions are popular but non-traditional: “I just so happen,” “she just so happens,” “they just so happen,” etc. In each of these cases, the “so” should be omitted.

“Just so happens” is used only with the subject “it,” with the word “so” providing emphasis.

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