Approxinymania Redux

Those who have been reading this blog (all three of you) for a while will recall that one of my pet peeves as a scholar of the English language as well as a devoted reader of newspapers, newsmagazines, and so on,  is the uncorrected confusion of what I have come to call  “approxinyms,”  words of similar sounds (exact-sounding ones are usually termed “homonyms”) or spellings,  such as “hare” for “hair.”

Just when it appeared that the “Observer” had entered a quiet, peaceful stretch of water, suddenly three more such of “these” made their presence known and blew our kayaks badly off course.  I am going to cite all three and give you a choice of words to select.  I want you to select the word that actually appeared in print:

(1)  From the “Home Front” column on March 19:  “I heard on the radio that [sites, sights] such as Facebook are ruled by the 40- and 50-something-year-olds looking to reconnect–I feel so hip and with it.”

(2) From a report of March 21 on a speech given by a former  CEO of BB&T:  “BB&T was guided by its core [principals, principles], he said.”

(3)  From a letter by a Missouri reader to “Dear Abby”also in the March 21 issue (topic is use of safety belts for young children):   “I’m afraid their mother will get into an accident, and one of the children will be [severally, severely] injured or die.”

First to report and have all correct answers will get to choose the venue for the next “Blogger Breakfast.”



12 Responses to “Approxinymania Redux”

  1. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Wrong answers that probably appeared in print, which would be your right ones. LOL!
    1) sights
    2) principals
    3) severally

  2. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Oh, by the way, You have more than three readers! You are great Raymond! Go Raymond Go!

  3. Marshall Faircloth Says:

    If Tammy is giving you the words that were shown incorrectly in print, then I agree with her answers. However, if one is “severally” injured, could that not imply limbs are lost?

  4. Tammy Stephens Says:

    I’m gonna have to stick by my answers. 😆

    severally- one at a time : each by its/ apart from others

    severely- : inflicting physical discomfort or hardship : harsh b: inflicting pain or distress : grievous

    If the wrong one appeared in the paper, I would guess it was severally that was printed.

  5. Tammy Stephens Says:

    That’s weird, how did my comment appear in blue?

    Marshall, are you sabotaging my comments? 😆

  6. Marshall Faircloth Says:

    Make the next BB in late April please……….

  7. Frank B Maness,Jr. Says:

    Raymond, will you continue to set up the “Bloggers Breakfast”? You have been doing a great job getting us together and it works for me.
    I was taught to remember the difference in principal and principle can best be remembered with the one with PAL at the ending as your PAL as in school princiPAL. It’s funny I never felt like we were pals but it helps me get it right.
    Marshall, Good point because a part may be apart and not together, which would mean death or loss of a limb as you stated.

  8. Raymond Rundus Says:

    Tammy has won the contest to pick the place to eat. Maybe somewhere again in the Spring Lake area?

    Or perhaps in a locale more convenient to more of those strange creatures who read and then comment on the blogs?

    Maybe Friday morning 4/24? This is, I believe, is the last Friday in April. . . .


  9. Tammy Stephens Says:

    I think Fay. is like the middle ground for all. I have no clue where to eat there, don’t leave SL much. My only requests are… can we make it at 9am? Is that too late? An easy place to find?
    I think the 24th would work better for most.

  10. Eric Sornoso Says:

    Grammar is a huge Pet Peeve for a lot of individuals.

    I highly suggestion you to read the book by Lynn Tuss entitled “Eats, Shoots & Leaves.”

    Eric Sornoso

  11. Raymond Rundus Says:

    Replied to Mr. Sornoso via e-mail. He is a new contributor who may be too inexperienced yet to meet head-on the happy warriors already jousting in this blogosphere. . . . Maybe he can join us for breakfast? April 24 looking good. But where? (We know “why” already)


  12. Tammy Stephens Says:

    (We know “why” already), that’s funny. Need help on picking somewhere, because I just don’t know many Fayetteville places.

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