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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spelling Lesson for the Day

Well, it seems a "journalist" once again gets it wrong at the Victoria Advocate. Imagine that. To wit: any fourth grader (hell, first grader) knows the difference between "flour" and "flower". And even if they don't, they can consult the dictionary, be it online or in good old-fashioned print. So, once again, I will do your work for you, Gabe. Check it out:

1. the finely ground meal of grain, esp. the finer meal separated by bolting.
2. the finely ground and bolted meal of wheat, as that used in baking.
3. a finely ground, powdery foodstuff, as of dehydrated potatoes, fish, or bananas.
4. a fine, soft powder: flour of emery

1. the blossom of a plant.
2. Botany.
a. the part of a seed plant comprising the reproductive organs and their envelopes if any, esp. when such envelopes are more or less conspicuous in form and color.
b. an analogous reproductive structure in other plants, as the mosses.
3. a plant, considered with reference to its blossom or cultivated for its floral beauty.
4. state of efflorescence or bloom: Peonies were in flower.
5. an ornament representing a flower.
6. Also called fleuron, floret. Printing. an ornamental piece of type, esp. a stylized floral design, often used in a line to decorate chapter headings, page borders, or bindings.
7. an ornament or adornment.
8. the finest or most flourishing period: Poetic drama was in flower in Elizabethan England.
9. the best or finest member or part of a number, body, or whole: the flower of American youth.
10. the finest or choicest product or example.
11. flowers, (used with a singular verb) Chemistry. a substance in the form of a fine powder, esp. as obtained by sublimation: flowers of sulfur.

As you can see, there IS a difference.

That concludes our lesson for today.

You're welcome.


not securely anchored said...

Thanks, Teach. For today would you take up Leslie Wilber's curious use of rebuked . . . "In a phone call after the news conference, Morse rebuked claims Pikett duped law enforcement and prosecutors."

Edith Ann said...

Love it! Love it! Love it!

And isn't rebuked more of a religious term, as in "I rebuked Satan."? Do you think she means refuted, as in "...Morse refuted claims..."?

Sing along..."Are you smarter than a 5th grader?".

Sugar Magnolia said...

Thanks for following me, VicAd. I notice that the spelling was corrected within a matter of under an hour after my post. How funny! So.....was it the original "journalist" who made the correction, or the "editor" who should have caught the blunder in the first place?

Hmmmm.....don't all answer at once....