Discover how easy it is to write well with the Write101 4-part writing course!

Solving your writing problems since 1998!

Solving your writing problems since 1998!

HOME

 ARCHIVES

ARTICLES

PRODUCTS

AFFILIATES

CONTACT

FREE Weekly Writing Tips  

Click to subscribe now and get Word of Mouse and Greatest Secrets of Marketing FREE!

I LOVED your golfing story. Read every word. You're a wonderful writer. (Peter Bowerman, the Well-Fed Writer)

 

Big Things rule! ... and the video of the Airbus  is great. (Jim McDonald, Birmingham, UK)

30 Best-Sellers in 3 Years

Discover how best-selling author Nick Daws wrote 30 best-sellers in JUST 3 years!

Having enjoyed reading your biographical, They can't take that away from me... I would love to post your article (for my) course for seniors entitled Autobiography and Journaling ... and let them read your article as a good example of what I call the reader's writer, clearly expressed and easy to read. (Howell)

Writers' Resources

Vocabulary Resource Centre

Travel Writing

Test Your Skills

Help for Writers

Help for Students

Help for Parents

Help for Businesses

Help with Resumes

About Write101

About Australia

Make Music

Just for Fun

Privacy Policy

Confused by the Apostrophe?

 Sign up for your  Apostrophe FAQ

The French language has always appealed to me ... so I enjoyed Lavinia's experiences en France! (Di Sullivan, Perth, Australia)

I am an American and an expat here since 1990. I have been a subscriber to Writing Tip for a few years now and look forward to the Friday editions. I archive by creating topics of the tips relevant to me and often refer. (Mary, Lagos, Nigeria)

WRITERS! 

Write Your Own Best Seller! 

This year, don't just read a best-seller ... Write your own using the software program that works in the same way J K Rowling writes her Harry Potter novels!

Who said Aussies would bet on two flies crawling up a wall? Now I know better! (Bill Denham, Chicago, USA)

WRITERS!

 Click now to edit your work like a professional ...

I enjoy reading your page every week, Jennifer, it's never boring and there's always something to bring a smile to my face! (Kenny Dima, Tenerife, Spain)

Thanks for pitching in to help clarify the English Language for and with us. (Paul, Portland, USA)

Your story about the evil glasses made my day :)  (Edith, Derbyshire, UK) 

FREELANCE JOBS

Get instant access to thousands of freelance and work-at-home jobs for just $2.95! Click now. 

I enjoy your letter and use it in my advanced writing class here in China. (Bugs, Shenzhen, CHINA)

5 FREE writing lessons!

Click for yours now!

I always look forward to your Latin quote of the week. (Paul, Mexico City, Mexico)

Aah! Those evil marionettes are everywhere! Thanks for another great laugh! (Jim Fraser, Vancouver, Canada) 

JOB SEEKERS! 

Resumes that get results ... Click now!

Your remarks regarding the alien contact had me in stitches, figuratively speaking, of course. (Dave Wagner, Sacramento, US)

The best part of the missive is the introduction to Australian humour and expressions.  (Chaska, Prince Edward County, CANADA)

WEBMASTERS!

Click here to discover how to set up and maintain your successful business website.

Discover why so many businesses failed last year ...

Like your site...very inspirational when you get writer's block like me! (Peter, Seoul, South Korea)

TRAVEL WRITERS!  

All About Australia

Nice letter, I was using google for once, twice, thrice and quince, and found this page, great ;) (Marv, Zwolle, NETHERLANDS)

One of the most amusing and erudite newsletters that makes my day. Keep going. (David Vasnaik, Bangalore, INDIA)

Read more testimonials ...

Write101 blog

Great newsletter - originally found this site after searching for clarification on a contentious point amongst work colleagues. Just had to look at old issues and now look forward to Fridays (Juliet Wallace, Manchester, ENGLAND)

 

 

The Write Way

3 January 2003

Once More ...

Greetings,

As a regular reader of this fair missive, you'll be aware that we start each day with a walk along the beachfront at the bottom of our street. We usually turn left and take The Girls (our two well-behaved Australian Silky Terriers ... until they spot other dogs on their beach) past Suttons Beach, around to the point near the Surf Club ... (yes, I know there's no surf ...), along to the lagoon pool, then on to the jetty at Redcliffe and back home. It's a round trip of about 5 klm - which is about as far as their little legs can manage. 

The local council site has some photos of the waterfront, and you can see more here.

My husband's sister has been staying with us over New Year (she lives in Eden, on the Sapphire Coast of NSW) and this morning we decided to show her where all our rate money has gone, so we turned right instead of left. Our local council has recently spent a few million dollars renovating the Margate Beach foreshore (there's a photo on the council site to show something of what they've done. This doesn't really do it justice though.) There's a boardwalk right along the edge of the beach, and barbeque shelters, picnic tables, beach showers and trees the whole length of the development.

It's been done well, with plenty of native gardens and lots of vantage points to sit and ponder how fortunate we are to live here.

I imagine most countries have a similar political structure to ours, with a federal or national government spending the taxpayers' money while local councils fritter away the ratepayers' share of the national debt. (Out here we're thrice-blessed and also have a middle tier - the state governments!)

Can you think of anything worse than putting yourself through the miseries of political office, especially on a local level? It's been my experience that there are three types of people who go into local government: the idealists, the masochists and the property developers. Sadly, there seem to be fewer and fewer of the first, more of the second and legions of the third.

Our local bunch began well - implementing some long-needed development (all the waterfront parks you see in the photos came about as a result of the current council's efforts). They did such a good job that all of us voters thought we'd give them another term to finish the work ...

Just let me say in our defence that it seemed like a good idea at the time.

It's a funny thing ... vote 'em in once and they're on their best behaviour ... Vote for them twice and hoo boy! No wonder very few ever get voted in thrice.

Now that just doesn't sound right, does it? And yet, "once" and "twice" are perfectly acceptable, so why not "thrice?"

Joan Webster asked about something like this recently - she wanted to know if there was a way to tell when to use "twice" and when to use "two times."

A bit of sleuthing around has led me to surmise that "twice" (and "thrice") may be more widely used in countries with ties to UK English, while "two times" is the preferred form in the US ... I'd welcome any thoughts on this.

"Twice" comes from the Old English word twiga, meaning 'two' and it means "in two cases or on two occasions; two times; in doubled degree or amount." 

The terms are pretty much interchangeable ... almost. You do need to be aware of keeping parallel structure in your sentences. So you can be "once, twice, thrice a lady" but if you're at all concerned about the well-being of your grammar, you won't be "once, twice, three times a lady."

Interestingly there are no English words to describe things that are four or five times the degree or amount. So you can vote for someone once or twice and you can be thrice-lucky, but that's as far as it goes. A quince is not something that's five times as lucky ... it's just a shrivelled up piece of fruit.

Recommend this page to other writers by clicking the Recommend it! button below, then see what pages others are recommending here.

And did you know that there are three types of people who enjoy maths? Those who can count and those who can't.

Ahem ...

Albert has been feeling very civic-minded and passed this along:

Just got this in from a reliable source.

It seems that there is a virus out there called the Senile Virus that even the most advanced programs from Norton cannot take care of, so be warned, it appears to affect those of us who were  born before 1958!

Symptoms of Senile Virus

1.    Causes you to send same e-mail twice.

2.    Causes you to send blank e-mail.

3.    Causes you to send to wrong person.

4.    Causes you to send back to person who sent it to you.

5.    Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.

6.    Causes you to hit “SEND” before you’ve finished the

Chuckle ... know all about this one!

This week's quiz:

Find the odd word:

1. abstract, ideal, concrete, hypothetical

2. agenda, schedule, plan, flexibility

3. atmosphere, mood, ambience, affability

4. salvation, revelation, apocalypse, devastation

5. arduous, simple, tough, exacting

6. benevolent, altruistic, malevolent, generous

7. mockery, reproduction, burlesque, travesty

8. unqualified, categorical, unequivocal, partial

9. permit, force, coerce, compel

10.complacent, serious, pleased, nonchalant

A couple of bon môts from an anonymous source:

Get off the stove, Grandma, you're too old to be riding the range.

As the master said to his confused disciple, "That was Zen, this is Tao."

 

Last week's quiz:

Match each word with its synonym:

1. abdicate

2. abysmal

3. affinity

4. archetype

5. blasphemy

6. capitulate

7. charlatan

8. conciliatory

9. culpable

10.degenerate

resign

hopeless

bond

original

profanity

yield

fraud

obliging

blameworthy

deteriorate

Here's a conversation that Chris sent in ... I'm sure it's not the same Chris as in the story though!

Pat: Hey, Chris! How's your new pet fish doing? You told me he was really something special.

Chris: To tell you the truth, I'm really disappointed in him. The guy who sold him to me said I could teach him to sing like a bird.

Pat: You bought a fish because you thought you could teach him to sing like a bird? I can't believe it!

Chris: Well, yeah. After all, he's a parrot fish.

Pat: I hate to tell you this, Chris, but while you might be able to teach a parrot bird to sing, you're never going to get anywhere with a parrot fish.

Chris: That's what you think! He can sing all right. The thing is, he keeps singing off-key. It's driving me crazy. Do you know how hard it is to tuna fish?

Got a question about grammar, punctuation or any other language matter? Here's the place to go:  http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3170114826 

Then add a flag and message to the Map of the World: http://pub37.bravenet.com/guestmap/view.php?usernum=3170114826 You can read the previous 99 messages by clicking on the List button at the top of the page.

A Little Something Extra

FREE Report: How to Write a Book ...  Click for your copy: 

If you're stuck for inspiration, look no further. Writer's Digest has a writing prompt for every day of the year! Now if you can't find something to write about after browsing these, all I can say is you're not trying! 

Word of the week: Weregild (n)  The price of a man's head; a compensation paid of a man killed, partly to the king for the loss of a subject, partly to the lord of a vassal, and partly to the next of kin. It was paid by the murderer. (It's derived from two Anglo-Saxon words: wer a man, value set on a man's life; gild payment of money.) 

I know of one life that was saved early New Year's Day solely due to lack of funds to pay the weregild to the family of that yobbo who felt he had to keep blowing that blasted trumpet until 2 am! 

Oxymoron of the week: If you've spent a happy hour or three standing in the queue to return faulty/unwanted Christmas gifts, you'll appreciate this week's oxymoron: Customer satisfaction.

Here's a Latin phrase you can use after you've sent for your free report on how to write a book:

Cui dono lepidum novum libellum? (To whom do I give my new elegant little book?)

Regards,

Jennifer

P.S. Want to donate to the upkeep of The Girls? Here's how:

1. Pay by PayPal: I accept payment through PayPal!, the #1 online payment service!

2. Click here to subscribe for a full year OR

3. Use your credit card on my secure order form: http://www.write101.com/fund.htm (You can also access the PayPal subscription link from this page if the link above didn't work for you. With PayPal, you can use your credit card, PayPal account or pay online using your own cheque account.) OR

4. Send a cheque: http://www.write101.com/fund.htm 

Click here to subscribe for the next year:

To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank email to: mailto:WritingTips-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com  or go to the  web site, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WritingTips  This menu will also let you change your subscription between digest and normal mode.

Home | Contact | Order | Site Map |Subscribe   

Copyright 2009 Jennifer Stewart Write101.com

Privacy Policy.