Friday Follies #258 โ€“ Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Happy February, FFers! Here’s a lineup of dreary desperadoes for you, language lawbreakers all! ๐Ÿ˜…

  1. Not only has it helped widen his palette and made him a more adventurous eater, but I’m hoping it’s also helping him hone some life skills so he’s not eating ramen throughout his 20s.
  2. โ€œTheyโ€™re really on the front lines,โ€ Beauvais-St-Pierre said. โ€œItโ€™s incredibly important work and itโ€™s a challenge in normal times, but even moreso now.โ€
  3. Born a child of privilege, …Williams decided early in life that a career in show business (particularly in comedy) was more preferable than being a lawyer.

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And the corrections:

  1. Yes, there is a perfectly fine word spelled “palette.” However, that refers to different paint colours an artist might use – or the handheld board on which the artist may mix the paints. Above, the correct word should be palate. (In fact, the dictionary even says: Palette: Not to be confused with:
    palate โ€“ the roof of the mouth; taste: a fine palate for gourmet food.)
  2. There is no such word as “moreso.” It should be two separate words: …it’s a challenge in normal times, but even more so now. (Any bets this was about Covid? ๐Ÿ™)
  3. This blooper may not be evident at first. But when you think about it, the reason it’s wrong makes sense.ย  Because preferable already means โ€œmore desirable,โ€ it is redundant to write more preferable. She found it preferable (not more preferable) to convert her overtime hours into leave.

Well, there you have it. Oh, by the way, I stole, er, I mean borrowed the nifty explanation regarding “preferable” from here. Bye for now, folks, have a good and safe week, and see you next Friday!

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2 thoughts on “Friday Follies #258 โ€“ Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-Artists everywhere are rolling their eyes and shaking their heads in disbelief.
    2-It’s also incredibly important to use words that actually exist.
    3-Yes, it’s definitely more better not to use “more preferable”. ๐Ÿ˜€

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