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Monday, June 24, 2013

50 Problem Words in the English Language Discussion of Blog by Mark Nichol

Listen to Show Here  Techno Granny, 50 Problem Words and Phrases in the English Language

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Title: Techno Granny, 50 Problem Words and Phrases in the English LanguageTime: 06/24/2013 10:00 AM EDT
Episode Notes: Techno Granny discovered this blog by Mark Nichol on and discuss this post of the Problem Words and Phrases with a bi-lingual guest who is very aware of the errors we make when writing in the English Language. Sunita Pandit of also speaks Hindi and Mahrathi, an additional English language. You might say that these errors come under her pet peeves.....But TechnoGranny would be willing to bet you are not even aware of some of them.....Also depending on where you live, including Pennsylvania, some of these are regional colloquialisms.....That's our big word for today. Listen in to find out if you are making these errors in your writing or speaking. Are you using the incorrect of these 50 Problem Words and Phrases. Many thanks to Mark Nichol for pointing these out to us and all of his hard work in compiling them.....Perhaps if Mark has Google Alerts, we will have him on as a guest to give us even more help with our problem words.

This blog was published in March of 2011 and I found it shortly after that and saved it as a potential show all of that time.

Every blogger wants to have the response this post had.  It has 101 Responses thru January 12 of 2012 and I am betting that Mark thought that he was finished responding, however after this show is over Sunita and I will be 102 and 103 and hopefully that will garner him as a guest on the TechnoGrannyShow in the future.

This blog post has also been tweeted 825 times and has 3,000 likes on Facebook.

I am not sure we will get to all 50 words, so you may have to just go to this site and read the blog. 

It starts like this:  

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to conceive written communication. So many pairs or trios of words and phrases stymie us with their resemblance to each other. Here’s a quick guide to alleviate (or is it ameliorate?) your suffering:
1. a while / awhile: “A while” is a noun phrase; awhile is an adverb.
2. all together / altogether: All together now — “We will refrain from using that two-word phrase to end sentences like this one altogether.”
3. amend / emend: To amend is to change; to emend is to correct.
4. amount / number: Amount refers to a mass (“The amount saved is considerable”); number refers to a quantity (“The number of dollars saved is considerable”).
5. between / among: The distinction is not whether you refer to two people or things or to three or more; it’s whether you refer to one thing and another or to a collective or undefined number — “Walk among the trees,” but “Walk between two trees.”
6. biannual / biennial: Biannual means twice a year; biennial means once every two years.

About the Author of the blog we have quoted:  Mark Nichol, Editor: Mark, a freelance editor and writer and a former editing instructor for UC Berkeley’s Extension program, edits trade and academic books for various publishers and publishes occasional articles about the Golden Age of Hollywood at Yahoo!’s Associated Content.

About Daily Writing Tips  Blog, from the website which is massive and great information:

Whether you are an attorney, manager or student, writing skills are essential to your success. The rise of the information age – with the proliferation of e-mails, blogs and social networks – makes the ability to write clear, correct English more important than ever.
Daily Writing Tips is about that. Every day we’ll send you a grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip. If you don’t want to miss a single post you can grab our RSS Feed, or subscribe by email.

About Techno Granny Guest today, Sunita Pandit, Mrs. Cardiology:

 Sunita practice manager for Dr. Santosh Pandit, private cardiology practice in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa. Also as the wife of a cardiologist, she has become passionate about combating the "perils of the heart." Constantly in pursuit of preventive care, she is dedicated to recording her husbands observations on what keeps a heart healthy.

Sunita also has 32 years experience in caring for a severely handicapped child, adolescent and adult. Her son
Sachin was born with severe cerebral palsy and mental retardation. She has designed her home that allows her family to live a normal lifestyle while giving excellent care to her severely handicapped adult son. Those designs are soon to be available on her website:

• Healthy Nutrition and Cooking for all
• Lifestyle Creation for Caregivers of relatives with Handicaps
• Nuskin Distributor of Anti-Aging Products including the Micro Current Hand Held Galvanic Spa, “the Wrinkle Free Diva”
• Viz VBO - Viz Pur technology allowing for high absorbtion of Vitamin D, A, E and CoQ10
• Therapeutic Essential Oil Massage with Doterra Essential Oils
• Relaxation and Stress Relief
• Nutrition and Supplements Balance with regular antioxidant scanning
• Alternative Health Care Resource

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