Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Just for fun

The past tense of the verb awake gives lots of people fits. Should it be “awoken” or “awakened”? The same confusion attaches to the verbs awaken, wake, and waken. (from Daily Writing Tips)

“Sleezy” is given in both the OED and Merriam-Webster as an alternate spelling of sleazy, but the only standard pronunciation of sleazy is /slē’zē/, with a long e. (from Daily Writing Tips)

Errors in use and mechanics often seem to be the focus of writing instruction, the starting place instead of the ending place. That having been said, considering "proper" use of certain words can be moderately entertaining. The above examples from Daily Writing Tips are offered as entertainment.