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Johanesburg
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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...
Welcome to Session 5 of the series. Let us begin with the exercise in Session 4. By the way, we’d like to salute those who attempted the exercise and sent their answers to editor@newsplus.ng. Hope you found our feedback useful.  Exercise...
Our topic for this session is Malapropism. Sounds like a disease, doesn’t it? Indeed it is a type of grammatical disease that makes the sufferers use inappropriate words in their speech and writing. Malapropism, derived from the French expression mal...
SESSION 2 received considerable feedback. One participant suggested that the rampant use of pleonasms (excessive words) by Nigerians to express themselves is symbolic of their wasteful nature. Well, I never thought of it like that but surely that’s food...

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