Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Joke Of The day....

Lettuce Planting

A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: "Dear Husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?"

The prisoner, knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replied in a letter: "Dear Wife, whatever you do, do not touch the back garden. That is where I hid all the money."

A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife: "Dear Husband, You wouldn't believe what happened, some men came with shovels to the house, and dug up the back garden."

The prisoner wrote another letter back: "Dear wife, now is the best time to plant the lettuce."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Did you know...

Did You Know?

Dr. Seuss wrote 'Green Eggs and Ham' after his editor challenged him to produce a book

using fewer than 50 different words.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Television Add

To view the new add campaign for The University of here. It is well done.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Top 10 Commonly Confused Words

#10: Principal/Principle


Is the person in charge of a school the principal or the principle?

Answer: principal

How to remember it:

A couple of mnemonics based on letters are useful here: the principal is your pal. Principle, like rule, ends in "l-e."

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Top 10 Commonly Confused Words

#9: Flounder/Founder


If your ship fills with water and sinks, does it flounder or founder?

Answer: founder

How to remember it:

When something founders, it loses its foundation. (Founder and foundation have the same root.)
To founder is to collapse, sink, or fail.
One source of confusion here is that the meaning of the verb flounder is similar: to flounder is to struggle to move or get one's footing, or to proceed or act clumsily or ineffectually. People can flounder, but ships founder.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Top 10 Commonly Confused Words

#8: Fewer/Less


Does the average American family have less than two kids or fewer than two kids?

Answer: fewer

How to Remember It:

Fewer refers to things that can be counted (fewer kids, fewer chairs). Less usually refers to quantities of things that can't be counted (less coffee, less agitation).
However, under certain circumstances less, not fewer, is more commonly used with countable things. For example: Less than twenty miles, less than five dollars, and 1500 words or less, are considered standard.
As for the express lane at the supermarket, "ten items or fewer" follows the general rule, but "ten items or less" is also widely accepted and more often used.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Top 10 Commonly Confused Words

#7: Pore/Pour


When you're attentively studying, are you poring over or pouring over the materials?

Answer: poring

How to Remember It:

One reason this word trips us up is that both pour and pore are often followed by over.
But in this case it probably helps to think literally. When we're intently studying something, nothing is actually pouring (i.e. flowing, leaking) onto the object of study; in fact, if something did pour onto what you're poring over, your task would be far more difficult. The less familiar verb pore is correct.
(Pore actually has the same root as pour, but of course that only adds to the confusion.)