Words Words Words Part 1

Last week I promised you a new series.

It wasn’t easy to decide on a specific topic until a few days ago when I found the perfect inspiration in an article.

So, here goes for the first installment ….April 17, 2017

Using The Proper Word

We’ve all been through the basics about which form of a word to use as in their, there and they’re.

I’m talking about someone using the wrong word altogether.

Here is the sentence that inspired the series.

“You have likely heard people obsess about Pinterest so you’re curious about what it is and how to use it.”

Well, boys and girls unless you have the super power of actually hearing people’s thoughts you can not hear someone obsess. To obsess means to continually think about something.

You can certainly hear people rave about or prattle incessantly about Pinterest or any other subject but never obsess.

When you are writing and aren’t sure about the right word to use there are some handy questions to ask yourself whether or not to use it.

  1. Do you know what the meaning of the word is?
  2. Does it sound or feel right in the sentence?
  3. Is it within the vocabulary of your audience?

If your personal answer to any of these questions is “no”….it’s really simple. Don’t use it. When in doubt always check it out!