In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros

Speaking Proper English

The Key Root for this column: None

Minor roots: Latin tritus, "worn." Latin, gargiter, "make noises with the throat."

Words and Phrases List

The King's English, gargle, jive, jargon, cliché, pardon my French, stereotype, trite

Thoughts for Today

  1. How would you describe your use of English? What is meant by "teen-age jargon?" Do you employ it? How heavy are you into it? Give some examples.
  2. What do your teachers think of your command of the English language? How can you improve your understanding and use of it?
  3. What are some of your favorite clichés?
  4. Which clichés do you most hate? Why?
  5. Are there certain keywords that only use with your friends? What are they? Why do you like using them?