Words in the News … A Weekly Roundup

Listen and Love by Denise Carbonell


Grammar Gone Wild? Not on My Watch, says this anonymous writer.
“There I was, relaxing on the sofa after a hard day’s work… mesmerized by the television announcer’s soothing voice. He was describing the bountiful menu at a local delicatessen – and it seemed he was doing his job well, as I was starting to crave an Italian sub with the works. That is, until a big, yellow font put a sudden stop to my hunger pangs. The words on the screen informed me that this particular deli was ‘renown for it’s service’.”

With riots rocking the UK, the Oxford Words blog takes a look at riotous words.
The word riot, they say, has been in use in English since the beginning of the 13th century.
Its initial meaning was contrariness, and it went on to mean the pursuit of an extravagant lifestyle.
“It wasn’t until the end of the fourteenth century that it took on the meaning of ‘disturbance or civil unrest caused by a crowd’. This sense has stayed with us ever since (possibly because riots themselves have never really gone away), and also given rise to a number of related, riotous words.”
Read the rest of this fascinating piece here.

“I will literally punch you in the throat next time you misuse the word ‘literally’ … It’s bad enough that some communicators overuse buzzwords in news releases and memos. Even worse is the sad truth that often those words aren’t even used correctly,” advises 10 words often misused in press releases.

Seven ‘Lost’ Dr. Seuss Stories Will be Released in September, announced ABC News.
“These were not stories that were found in a drawer after his death,” Dr. Seuss afficionado Charles Cohen told Publisher’s Weekly. “Ted Geisel felt very strongly about them …”
Theodor Seuss Geisel died in 1991, leaving behind a legacy of 44 children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated. His Dr Seuss’ books have been translated into 15 languages and have sold more than 200 million copies.

Feel free to send links of any word-related news you come across to stevieg@wordnerds.co.za. I’d really appreciate it.




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