Thursday 29 August 2013

Howlers 9


Writers often use "pun" when they mean metaphor, "metaphor" for any figure of speech, and "grammar" for correct English.
With a mayor who has put an onus on cycling provision… (BBC News 2013-08-12): emphasis – an onus is a burden

Honours system is outdated, rooted in our colonial past, often politically corrupt, usually rewarding those who have more than enough already. (Irene Short/‏@ipasho) What do honours have to do with colonialism?

that doughy-eyed look: it’s “doe-eyed”, like Bambi

Winnowing Down Religious Liberty: Whittling reduces gradually, winnowing gets rid of the bits you don’t want.

enteuproneur: entrepreneur
: fundamentalism
Sacré bleu!

Lady X came from an old country family: County family. “The County” were the big landowners of a particular county. They sometimes, but not always, had hereditary titles. They were listed in Burke’s Landed Gentry. “Landed gentry is a largely historical British social class, consisting of land owners who could live entirely off rental income.” (Wikipedia)

ripe with disease: rife

for hermitic (“He had become increasingly hermetic.” Julian Barnes)

name-guessing (BBC, July 2013): fervid (feverish, not religious)

for intercede 

for abstruse (confusion with obtuse, obscure, oblique)

pilfer for plunder

lest for unless (it means “for fear that”)

asterix for asterisk

inconstant for inconsistent: The company has produced inconstant maps for the players as to what parts are still free to play on. (New Statesman Aug 2013)

More here, with links to the rest.

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