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The 2019 general election threw up a few surprises. It also left some grammatical landmarks that are likely to lead unsuspecting users of the English Language astray. This special edition of Editorial Conference examines some wrong expressions that were...
Hello there! Hope you enjoyed our Special Edition. We return to our promise to examine causes of and remedies for Ambiguity in sentence construction. Ambiguity is vagueness, doubt, haziness or uncertainty of the meaning of what is said or written....
  We resume with a Special Edition of Editorial Conference contributed by a veteran in the business.       We should pray without seizing. (By fire by force!) Cease /’si:s/ and seize /’si:z/ sound the same but are not pronounced the same way...
I called the police to diffuse the bomb so people won’t die. (Murderer!) Malapropism again! This is the opposite of what is intended. To diffuse is to spread, distribute, circulate, etc. To defuse is to remove the fuse (from...
In response to popular demand, we continue our series on Wrong or Frequently Misused Expressions. Instead for her to greet the boss she frowned. (Insubordination!) Instead (in place of; as a substitute; alternative or preference) collocates correctly with the preposition of....
    We continue with Wrong Expressions: Thank God for a brown new month. (What about yellow moon?) This is a case of malapropism. The intended word in the compound adjective is brand, which sounds in a way like brown. Brand-new means completely...
Kola Danisa, fondly called KDK, hails from Edo state, (our state), was bred and 'buttered' in Lagos and is a global citizen by virtue of his humanitarian service which spans continents. With a BSc and an MSc in Mass Communication...
Session 7 ended with a promise to tackle those “troublesome tiny words in the English Language”. Here we go: Basically, Prepositions are words that indicate direction, position, time, or location. Common prepositions include words like in, on, to, from, of,...
  Welcome to Session 7. We are still waiting for interventions on the conundrum at the end of session 6, regarding the sentence: The old man died after a brief illness. Meanwhile, we are again acceding to the demand for more examples...
As promised in Session 5, we continue with Frequently Misused Words and Phrases.   Please, what says your time? (In what language?) This is vernacular. It is a direct translation of how people request to know the time in many local...