Monday, August 6, 2012

Grammar Police Monday - Valuable Gems


It's time for more commonly confused words...

First on the list: appraise and apprise.
If you estimate the value of something, you appraise it. 
When you inform someone of a situation, you apprise them.

Next: wonder vs wander:
If you think about something curiously, you wonder about it. 
If you roam aimlessly, you wander.

Last: palate, palette and pallet.
Your palate can mean the roof of your mouth or your sense of taste.
A palette is a small board an artist uses to mix paint colors.
A pallet is a small or makeshift bed.

See you again soon. Thanks for visiting. :)

25 comments:

  1. My thoughts wandered through the palette of my desires, appraising each wonderful color....or something like that. (;

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    1. Ooo - nice flash fiction! And you got the words right to boot. LOL :D

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  2. Pallet is also a wooden platform freight is shipped or moved on.

    Another pair I hear messed up in speech more than in writing is onto and unto.

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  3. Apprise is such a cool word--must work that into a book somehow. WHEN I'm out of the Viking era, that is!

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  4. Good choices! Pegg is right about the pallet for shipping.

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  5. I was going to mention the pallet thing, too. (Though, around here, we call them skids.) Great post! :D

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    1. I didn't even think of the wooden kind, but y'all are right. :)

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  6. Valuable gems, indeed! :-)

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  7. I wonder about my wanderings as I apprise the situation. Should I appraise this gem with all the colours of the palette? It's not to my palate so I returned to my pallet...
    Did I get it right? hehehe

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    1. I think so! LOL I've really inspired some flash fiction with this one.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  8. Oh, I forgot about palate, palette and pallet. You always come up with the best words.

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    1. Shhh. Don't tell anyone, but I work off a master list. ;)

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  9. I caught the wonder/wander one on YouTube once, in the comments for a song I really like, where the commenter thought he was quoting the lyrics. I didn't want to be catty and correct him so I posted a comment that agreed with his statement but requoted the line... I'm such a grammar dork :-)

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    1. That's okay. We can be grammar dorks together. :P

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  10. I like grammar police posts. They remind me of mistakes to avoid. I always use the dictionary or Google words if I'm ever confused.

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    1. Thank you. I check words I'm unsure about all the time. :)

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  11. This is great! I catch common mistakes often in writing and to me it is like nails on a chalk board!!! Now I go to Ask.com to check on EVERYTHING before I post my blog!!!

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  12. Also--just joined your GFC so I can keep up with grammar mistakes! Perhaps you'd consider visiting me again and following my site for a dose of laughter?? My name appears on your GFC as Marcia Doyle instead of Menopausalmother, just to let you know! :-)

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