The Write Way
Friday 8 December 2000
I dare say that most of us will be making the odd list at some point in the next couple of weeks (very odd in some cases...) so here are some tips on how to use that essential component of every self-respecting list: the semi-colon.
This little squiggle is used to separate several main statements in a long, involved sentence or list (see what I mean about this being an appropriate time to learn how to use the semi-colon? I don't know about you, but all the lists I make at this time of year seem to be long and involved.)
Things to do today: buy Christmas cards; find address book; type up annual letter; write cards and post them.
Things I must do today: go through recipe books and work out what to have for Christmas; order seafood and meats for Christmas dinner; find address book and finish writing cards.
Things I absolutely have to do today: find that address book; find gifts I put in a safe place when I bought them on sale last July; check table linen and decorations.
Things I need to do today: replace the table cloth that still has that red wine stain from last Christmas; toss the old tinsel and find the address book.
Things I will do today: make phone calls.
Note that each list is preceded by a colon.
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You may know that I have a series of writing tutorials that are available from my site, I've decided to post part of this writing course on my site ... yes, I know ... generous to a fault, that's me.
You can check your knowledge, get a quick refresher course ... or just have a sticky-beak.
This week's quiz:
Choose the word from the list that matches the definition below (Note - this week there are 14 words in the list but only 10 definitions ... well, can't make it too easy for you ...)
claustrophobic, uxorious, fraternise, regalia, regal, uxorial, acrophobic, pyromaniacal, incendiary, dipsomania, fraternal, agoraphobic, incendiary, arson
1. to socialise
2. full dress, with ribbons, insignia etc
3. having a compulsion to set fires
4. characteristic of being a wife
5. felony of burning property for profit
6. morbidly dreading wide-open spaces
8. excessively indulgent to one's wife
9. kingly, royal; splendid
10.person who sets fires for revenge
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Last week's quiz:
Choose a word from the list to fill in the blanks in each sentence:
hyperactive, subliminal, percolate, hypertension, subversion, metabolism, subjugate, hyperventilate, subconscious, hyperbole,
1. Their efforts at SUBVERSION were eventually successful in toppling the government.
2. A tall tale uses HYPERBOLE, such as the giant size of Gulliver, for its effect.
3. Accident-prone people may have a SUBCONSCIOUS desire to draw attention to themselves.
4. The yoga instructor warned the class not to HYPERVENTILATE. during their breathing exercises.
5. Caesar hoped to SUBJUGATE all of Britain.
6. He was prescribed medicine for his HYPERTENSION., and told to take it easy.
7. Some advertisers use SUBLIMINAL messages to sell their clients' products.
8. A HYPERACTIVE imagination can turn molehills into mountains.
9. The water began to PERCOLATE through the coffee grounds, causing her to sigh with anticipation.
10.The smaller the animal is, the higher the rate of METABOLISM required to keep it alive.
I heard a version of this on the radio yesterday and giggled all the way through it ... so, here it is again. This is a bit like leaving a beer and piece of cake out for Santa, isn't it? It doesn't matter how many times you do it or how old you are ... it's still fun ...
The Twelve Days of Christmas
With dearest love and affection, Agnes
Aah ... Christmas - there's nothing quite like it :)
If you need to write sales letters in a hurry, but hate the thought of sitting at your keyboard trying to be creative ... here's the answer - just fill in the blanks! It really is as easy as that. Don't believe me? Take a look.
Word of the week: Quink n. The common brant (a kind of goose). Conversation Stopper No. 331: "Did you know that the quink was the common brant?" (Hall of Superior Words)
You'll thank me for this one at some stage when you're trapped by the Bore from Hell at a party.
Tautology of the week: Urgent priority!
And for those social gatherings when you meet up with people you haven't seen since last Christmas, a Latin phrase:
Mellita/Comes, quando aliquem/aliquam in matrimonium accipies/duces? (Honey/Mate, when are you going to get married?)
This is one that's guaranteed to stir the possum!
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