MORR midweek grammar quips, quotes, quirks, puns and pics….
A mnemonic for remembering how many days are in each month.
Thirty days hath September
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
But February, it is great
And brings to us twenty-eight,
Unless it steps out of line
And brings to us twenty-nine (leap year occurs every four years. The next one occurs in 2016).
“When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”
This means that when there are two vowels in a row, the first usually has a long sound and the second is silent. That’s why it’s team, not taem; coat, not caot; and wait, not wiat. Remembering this rule will help you to put vowels in the right order.
Stationary v stationery
Here’s a mnemonic done in rhyme: Everything around him was scary so the canary stood stationary. Scary, canary, and stationary rhyme and end in ary.
I often remember that an envelope is stationery and starts with ‘e’.
Foul vs. Fowl
It may be helpful to remember that the word fowl—birds raised with the intent to be used as food—contains the word ‘owl’. Since an owl is a bird and since the word fowl contains the word owl, associating it in this way may help you remember to write the word fowl and not foul when referring to birds.
Complement v compliment
Since by definition, complement means that which makes something complete, it may be helpful to associate the two e’s in complete with the two e’s in complement. Or, since the word compliment contains the letter ‘i’, it may be helpful to associate the ‘i’ in compliment with the word ‘I’ which you use when referring to yourself. Remember, people give compliments.
Here’s a sentence to help clarify things: I like to give compliments because they make people happy or I must pay you a compliment. The blue necktie you are wearing complements the rest of your outfit.
Here v hear
When you remove the ‘h’ in hear you are left with the word ear. As you know, your ear is what allows you to hear. You hear with your ear.
Sunday v sundae
By definition, Sunday is the first day of the week. When referring to the days of the week, it may be helpful to remember that Sunday has the word day in it. Also, to remember that Sunday is considered the first day of the week, remember that sun rhymes with one.
Dessert v desert
Since each word is pronounced the same way (di-zurt), a helpful way to remember the difference between desert (to abandon) and dessert (a sweet food served after a meal) is as follows: Oftentimes, people crave seconds when it comes to dessert. Notice that dessert contains two s’s, whereas desert contains only one (it abandoned the other ‘s’). Also note that the word ‘seconds’ contains two s’s. Next time you eat your favorite dessert, remember how happy you’ll be if you are allowed to have seconds.
Note: Desert (an arid, mostly barren region) is pronounced dez-ert.
DR ABC is a mnemonic for remembering what to do if you encounter a person who is unconscious. Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Take the first letter of each word in the order given and you have DR ABC