- July 31, 2011
- Posted by: Madrigal Admin
- Category: Word of the Week Blog
Improving your vocabulary and word choice will help you properly reticulate [sic] your ideas.
I am not incinerating [sic] that any of you lack the consecration [sic] needed to focus on writing good English but I can safely say, without fear of contraception [sic], that poor word choice can reach into all aspects of communications and writing like the giant testicles [sic] of an octopus and ruin the whole effect.
Word choice is not rocket surgery. Mrs Marple [sic] was famous for getting her words wrong; and even I am not inflammable [sic], I do sometimes choose the wrong words.
A good writer will not confuse his propositions [sic] with his compunctions [sic]. If you are, like me, not gifted with a pornographic [sic] memory I recommend that you refer to entomology [sic] dictionaries. They are great suppositories [sic] of information.
If you are using lots of words of more than one syllabus [sic] look for a simpler cinnamon [sic]. Although using a dinasaurus [sic] can be time-consuming, patients [sic] is a virgin [sic] that will replay [sic] you endlessly. There are also pneumatics [sic] to help you remember the right words.
So let me reverberate [sic] by dipping into the literary cannon [sic] of The Rhyme of the Ancient Marinade [sic], and remind you that you shouldn’t let a poor vocabulary be an alcatraz [sic] around your neck. If you keep your feet solidly on terracotta [sic] and focus on improvement the carrot is there at the end of the tunnel [sic]. The pineapple [sic] of success is communicating clearly to your reader – that is the crutch [sic] of the matter.
Image by Gage Skidmore of Former Republican Governor (and Vice Presidential candidate) Sarah Palin speaking with attendees at the 2021 Young Women’s Leadership Summit at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Palin is famous for using malapropisms. Tony Abbott ex-Australian Prime Minister made a large gaffe using malapropisms.
In 2011 Mrs Palin posted a Twitter message calling on Muslims to “refudiate” a mosque in an Islamic cultural centre planned near Ground Zero in New York. After comments she changed the word to “refute” but when it also was pointed out to make no sense, she called on Muslims to “reject” it. Mrs Palin then tried to defend her malapropisms, saying “English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!” A Washington Democrat then said: “For someone who maybe wants to run the country, to be so careless with her use of language shows an intellectual laziness that is a little bit dangerous.” But these were in the days before Trump.