Posts Tagged ‘verb’

Fun with headlines today …

We read this headline on one of our favorite Web sites, The People’s Pharmacy:

“Heartburn Drug Conquered Warts”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

drug conquered warts

So, for our word of the day, we choose to subjugate:

conquer. verb (used with object)

  • to acquire by force of arms; win in war: to conquer a foreign land.
  • to overcome by force; subdue: to conquer an enemy.
  • to gain, win, or obtain by effort, personal appeal, etc.: conquer the hearts of his audience.
  • to gain a victory over; surmount; master; overcome: to conquer disease and poverty; to conquer one’s fear.

conquer. verb (used without object)

  • to be victorious; make conquests; gain the victory: Despite their differences, their love will conquer.

Source: dictionary.com

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One of today’s iGoogle wikiHow To listings is:

“How to Make Perches for a Hummingbird Feeder”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

perches for bird feeder

So, here’s our word of the day:

perch. noun.

  • a pole or rod, usually horizontal, serving as a roost for birds.
  • any place or object, as a sill, fence, branch, or twig, for a bird, animal, or person to alight or rest upon.
  • a high or elevated position, resting place, or the like.
  • a small, elevated seat for the driver of any of certain vehicles.
  • a pole connecting the fore and hind running parts of a spring carriage or other vehicle.
  • a post set up as a navigational aid on a navigational hazard or on a buoy.
  • British
    a. a linear or square rod.
    b. a measure of volume for stone, about 24 cubic feet (0.7 cubic meters).
  • Textiles. an apparatus consisting of two vertical posts and a horizontal roller, used for inspecting cloth after it leaves the loom.
  • Obsolete. any pole, rod, or the like.

perch. verb (used without object)

  • to alight or rest upon a perch.
  • to settle or rest in some elevated position, as if on a perch.

perch. verb (used with object)

  • to set or place on or as if on a perch.
  • to inspect (cloth) for defects and blemishes after it has been taken from the loom and placed upon a perch.

perch. noun, plural (especially collectively) perch, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) perch⋅es.

  • any spiny-finned, freshwater food fish of the genus Perca, as P. flavescens (yellow perch), of the U.S., or P. fluviatilis, of Europe.
  • any of various other related, spiny-finned fishes.
  • any of several embioticid fishes, as Hysterocarpus traski (tule perch) of California.

Source: dictionary.com

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Fun with headlines today. This one comes from CNN.com/technology:

“NASA scrubs launch of space shuttle Endeavour”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

nasa scrubs shuttle launch

So, let’s explore a word of the day …

scrub. verb (used with object)

  • to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing.
  • to subject to friction; rub.
  • to remove (dirt, grime, etc.) from something by hard rubbing while washing.
  • Chemistry. to remove (impurities or undesirable components) from a gas by chemical means, as sulfur dioxide from smokestack gas or carbon dioxide from exhaled air in life-support packs.
  • to cancel or postpone (a space flight or part of a mission): Ground control scrubbed the spacewalk.
  • Slang. to do away with; cancel: Scrub your vacation plans—there’s work to do!

scrub. verb (used without object)

  • to cleanse something by hard rubbing.
  • to cleanse one’s hands and arms as a preparation to performing or assisting in surgery (often fol. by up).

scrub. noun

  • an act or instance of scrubbing.
  • a canceled or postponed space flight, launching, scheduled part of a space mission, etc.
  • something, as a cosmetic preparation, used for scrubbing.

Source: dictionary.com

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A reader writes:

“I’d love to see ‘effect‘ vs. ‘affect‘.”

We have had additional requests for this topic, so, here goes … Let’s see if this blog post affects an effect on you.

Typically, in everyday writing and conversation, E-ffect is used as a noun, and A-ffect is used as a verb. Of course, there are exceptions, however for our purposes today, let’s stick to this basic premise.

A tip/trick … Effect, with an “E,” means End rEsult or consEquEncE (noun). Whereas, Affect, with an “A,” means to Act or to Assume (verb). 

effect. noun.
1. something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin. 
2. power to produce results; efficacy; force; validity; influence: His protest had no effect
3. the state of being effective or operative; operation or execution; accomplishment or fulfillment: to bring a plan into effect. 
4. a mental or emotional impression produced, as by a painting or a speech.
5. meaning or sense; purpose or intention: She disapproved of the proposal and wrote to that effect. 
6. the making of a desired impression: We had the feeling that the big, expensive car was only for effect. 
7. an illusory phenomenon: a three-dimensional effect
8. a real phenomenon (usually named for its discoverer): the Doppler effect. 
9. special effects. NOTE: this day and age, many don’t know that the term “FX” or “F/X” actually stands for “special effects.”

effect. Idioms
11. in effect,
a. for practical purposes; virtually: His silence was in effect a confirmation of the rumor. 
b. essentially; basically.
c. operating or functioning; in force: The plan is now in effect
12. take effect
a. to go into operation; begin to function.
b. to produce a result: The prescribed medicine failed to take effect. 
affect. verb. (used with object)
1. to act on; produce an effect or change in: Cold weather affected the crops. 
2. to impress the mind or move the feelings of: The music affected him deeply. 
3. (of pain, disease, etc.) to attack or lay hold of.

Source: Dictionary.com (see usage note)

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UPDATE: We read a tweet today (on Twitter) that led to this update/re-post …

“Keep reading ‘I casted on # stitches’. Makes me cranky. Past tense is ‘I cast on..’  Isn’t it? Or did my mother, the Grammar Queen, fail me?”

No, your mom, the Grammar Queen did not fail you!


The idea for this post was cast in a sales meeting …

The sales reps, without exception, compared their last period’s results to what they had “forecasted.”

How do you feel when you hear fingernails scrape down a chalkboard? Want to see a grammarian cringe?

This post is not meant to be a full lesson on regular and irregular verbs and formation of all the tenses, but merely a focused rant on a couple of contemporary offenses involving the word “cast,” namely, “forecast” and “broadcast.”

Bear with us …

… an angler’s line was never casted

… she never casted her eyes in his direction

… Samantha never casted a spell upon Darrin

… actors are never casted for their roles, and

… the artist never casted a mold.


Why, then, would one refer to their last month’s sales projections as having been forecasted, or last week’s episode as having been broadcasted? We don’t get it!

So, go forth, heed this warning, forecast great results and broadcast fantastic entertainment, just, please, don’t let us catch you in possession of or using the ~ed, having forecasted or broadcasted, unless you want to be cast in the GrammarGallows.

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A news headline from boingboing.com reads:

“Police shoot stuffed animal with Taser”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

stuffed animal with taser

A reader asks … what’s wrong with this headline?

We’re glad you asked.

Read it again and tell us if, by the way it is written, you can determine who has the Taser?

Is it the stuffed animal? “… stuffed animal with Taser”

Or, is it the police? “Police shoot … with Taser”

It might make more sense written as:

“Ploice Taser stuffed animal”

“Taser” is also a verb, isn’t it? Oh dear, that’s a-whole-nother blog post!

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