Hopefully this week’s Word of the Day doesn’t remind you of your own youth…
Tawpie: A foolish or thoughtless young person.
Where you’ve seen it: In “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” — Do you hear me tawpie?
Use it in a sentence: I told you to clean your room you idle tawpie.
Pronounce it right: TAW-pee
TGFMM (thank god for making mistakes) because that’s how we learn, right? Now that we know the definition of dilemma -choosing between two undesirable options as in “Would you like to go engage in a sword fight with an evil maniac or jump off a cliff to escape” (This is a dilemma!) we will never spell it wrong again. It’s “di” because there are two .. not “de” and also there is no “n” in dilemma.
We all have pet peeves…mine just happens to be a single word in the dictionary. I can’t stand when people use the word “backwards” instead of “backward” — as in, “Head backwards, make a right and you can’t miss the great sale at Saks…”
I figure, if you are already going backward why do you need to go backwards? It may be a pet peeve but is it grammatically incorrect? Only one way to find out; ask our favorite wordsmith: Grammar Girl.
Here’s the details:
Backwards is standard in Britain and backward is standard in America. The exception is that when you’re using backward as an adjective, as in “her grandmother’s backward ways” then you never use the ‘s’ — it is always backward. Still confused? Grammar Girl has an easy tip: if you live in America, you can just remember that it’s always backward, without the ‘s.’
Let us first set the scene for you: there we were, relaxing after posting our weekly Word of the Day entry when a savvy reader pointed out we had incorrectly used the word Rye instead of Wry. Seeing the irony (and humility?) we thought what better way to honor her than as the topic of today’s WOD: Word of the Day Rye Versus Wry.
It’s actually very easy:
wry: bent or twisted
You have a wry sense of humor.
rye: a type of grain used in bread and cereal
I’d like my veggie sandwich with rye bread.