It’s officially November! Time to start working on my NaNoVel. I was up listening to my mother doing her nebulizer and coughing anyway *sigh*, so I figured, why not come in here and open a Word document for the new novel?
I have the plot summary and a few ideas. Not that it’ll be anything different from all my other books, but oh well. Here goes.
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While we’re at it: Useful Stuffs to Knowz Dept.
Oft-Confused Words–er, the WORDS themselves aren’t confused, just their users
SHOULD IT BE: perspective (a way of regarding things)
Try to see things from my perspective.
OR SHOULD IT BE: prospective (expected in the future)
A pregnant woman is a prospective mother. The interviewer is your prospective employer.
SHOULD IT BE: compliment (to express admiration for)
I received several compliments on my new puce frammis.
OR SHOULD IT BE: complement (to improve or complete something else)
Chocolate complements every dish. Your friendly demeanor complements your sales skills.
SHOULD IT BE: preceded (came before)
February preceded March. Oh, by all means, precede us: Age before beauty; pearls before swine. (ha ha)
OR SHOULD IT BE: proceeded (carried on or continued)
The marathon proceeded despite the rain. The work proceeded because you fixed the glibberglabber when it ran out of zopkif.
SHOULD IT BE: diffused (spread out)
The lampshade diffused the light.
OR SHOULD IT BE: defused (literally, removed the fuse from)
The bomb squad defused the boom-thingie just in time. Jethro’s diplomatic skills defused a tense situation.
SHOULD IT BE: manger (a container for animal feed or the building containing animals at night)
To feed the horses, fill the manger with straw.
OR SHOULD IT BE: manager (one who manages)
To get a raise, amaze your manager with competence.
SHOULD IT BE: lead (a soft, heavy, toxic metal)
The lead apron protected me during the x-ray.
OR SHOULD IT BE: led (provided leadership)
Maybe you’ve been led to believe the other way is right, but it’s not. He led me on!
SHOULD IT BE: peaked (rose to the summit)
My energy level peaked at 7:30, and I was sound asleep by 8:00.
OR SHOULD IT BE: piqued (provoked or aroused)
The strange noises downstairs piqued my curiosity. The job description piqued my interest.
OR SHOULD IT BE: peeked (took a quick look at)
We peeked inside the envelope, but couldn’t read the signature.
SHOULD IT BE: trooper (soldier or police officer)
That idiotic state trooper gave me a speeding ticket.
OR SHOULD IT BE: trouper (one who persists without complaint, especially a member of a dramatics group or other performing artists clan)
The troupe’s motto is “The show must go on,” and the actress was a real trouper to work with a broken arm.
SHOULD IT BE: Pubic (a bodily region)
Pubic places are generally kept private.
OR SHOULD IT BE: Public (the opposite of private, or people in general)
Public places generally welcome the public.
SHOULD IT BE: stationary (not moving)
Your career vehicle will remain stationary if you leave lots of typos in your resume.
OR SHOULD IT BE: stationery (writing paper)
If you like to sell office supplies and stationery, you should become a stationer.
SHOULD IT BE: dispersed (spread out, scattered)
The crowd dispersed. Joe’s family members dispersed to points across the country.
OR SHOULD IT BE: disbursed (paid out)
The treasurer disbursed the funds.
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One anagram of “Barack Obama” is “Maraca Kabob.”
One anagram of “Ronald Reagan” is “a granola nerd.”
One anagram of “Britney Spears” is “nearby priests.”