I hope you don't mind covering commonly confused words again this week. These lessons are easy to throw together when scheduling blog posts ahead of time, and I needed a few to get me through the rest of the summer and make the first couple of back-to-school weeks less stressful.
Here we go...
Assure, ensure, & insure
- Assure means to promise or say something with confidence. I assure you the man is trustworthy.
- Ensure means to make sure something will or won't happen. According to the commercials, drinking Ensure ensures you'll get your vitamins.
- If you insure something, you obtain a policy that will repair or replace it if the item is damaged or stolen. Insuring your car ensures it will be fixed if you wreck it.
Beau & bow vs bough & bow
- Beau (boh) is an attentive, male companion/escort.
- Bow (also boh) is a hunting device used to shoot arrows or a ribbon decoration on a gift.
- Bough (bou) is a branch of a tree.
- And bow (bou), when used as a verb, means to bend one's body forward at the waist in a show of reverence or respect. The peasant bowed before the king. Used as a noun, it refers to the front of a boat.
Oh, and one more before I go—explicit vs. implicit.
- Explicit is an adjective meaning clearly expressed or demonstrated, leaving nothing as merely implied. The love scenes in that book were explicit.
- Implicit means the opposite, which is why I chuckled at a book review that said the story was 'too sexually implicit for' the reader's taste. *giggle*
That's all I've got for today. Thanks for visiting. :)