Diction Accuracy and Correct Usage


Diction Accuracy and Correct Usage

When I was in first year college we studied these, during discussion I really enjoyed these lesson because I realized that we often used the words but I usually misused and misspelled it. Thank you to my teacher who makes our lesson easy and discovery. I want to share these to you and I used my book here is the title of the book “Writing across discipline” an ESP skill text for academic and professional tasks. Written by Infante, DG, et. al.

There are many words that are confusing but for today I’m going to give the first ten, after a week I will post the other confusing words. Thanks guys.


  1. 1.    Accept, except expect


Accept is a verb meaning “to receive”; except is a preposition meaning “not including”; expect on the other hand, is a verb which means “to anticipate.”


  1. 2.   Adapt and Adopt

Adapt means to accommodate and to adjust to certain conditions while adopt means to take into a family or to take up and follow.

  1. 3.   Advise and Advice

Advise is a verb which means “to give advice”.Advice is the noun form.

  1. 4.   Affect and Effect

Affect means to influence or to create an effect on something. Effect is a noun meaning the result or consequence of something.

  1. 5.   All ready and Already

All ready a two-word expression means everybody is ready or “totally prepared”; already is an adverb meaning” previously or by this time. “

  1. 6.   Altogether, all together and together

Altogether is an adverb which means “entirely or totally”; all together a two-word expression refers” to an action” or “activity” simultaneously accomplished by a group. Together is used “to refer to two persons” or “things doing the same activity.

  1. 7.   Allude and elude

To allude means to refer to; to elude means to avoid.

  1. 8.   While and awhile

While is a noun as in “for a while, in a while”; awhile is an adverb meaning “shortly” or “for some time.”

  1. 9.   Breath and breathe

Breath is a noun; breathe is a verb.

10.Beside and besides

Beside is a preposition which means next to“; besides is a preposition which refers to except for and an adverb which means “in addition to.


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It’s called green, but means something different


When we say green, what comes in to your mind? yeah i know what you are thinking! it’s either your favorite color, all about nature, and many more. I’ll just cite an example here in the Philippines when someone calls you green minded it means you are “horny” sorry for the term. anyway i want to share you these words, “it’s called green but have something meaning””. I’ll just got it from dictionary.com haha coz im trying to wide my vocabulary 🙂 also I often play the games here, you can also try if you want. thank you

It’s called green, but means something different


n green-room, -room

a lounge in a theater, broadcasting studio, or the like, for use by performers when they are not onstage, on camera, etc.


authorization; approval; permission.

Greengrocer n green-groh-ser

a retailer of fresh vegetables and fruit.

green line 

a demarcation line that divides predominantly Christian East Beirut and predominantly Moslem West Beirut in Lebanon.

green-eyed a green-ahyd

jealous; envious; distrustful.

Green Beret n

Special Forces.

Greenheart n green-hahrt

any of certain other timber trees of tropical America.

Mondegreen n mon-di-green

a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard.

green thumb 

an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully.

greenhouse gas

any of the gases whose absorption of solar radiation is responsible for the greenhouse effect, including carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, and the fluorocarbons.

Green Paper

a report presenting the policy proposals of the government, to be discussed in Parliament.

green revolution

nations, through the introduction of high-yield crop varieties and application of modern agricultural techniques.

Greenmail n green-meyl

the practice of buying a large block of a company’s stock in order to force a rise in stock prices or an offer by the company to repurchase that block of stock at an inflated price to thwart a possible takeover bid.

green fee

a fee paid by golfers in order to play on a golf course.

Greenhornn green-hawrn

an untrained or inexperienced person.


Notable Greek gods and goddesses


Knowing the god and goddesses is awesome because sometimes it helps us to become creativity or think outside the box especially what are they powers. Also how it affect the people. We need to know these people because they are Greeks especially what they contributed in the past.

I will give some list of them. I hope it will help you to know the famous Greeks.

My reference is dictionary.com  

Notable Greek gods and goddesses



god of war, a son of Zeus and Hera, identified by the Romans with Mars.


n hes-tee-uh

the ancient Greek goddess of the hearth.



Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty; the son of Leto and brother of Artemis.


n eer-os, er-os

the ancient Greek god of love, identified by the Romans with Cupid.



the supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, the god of the heavens.


n hur-meez

the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.


n hi-fes-tuh?s

the ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking, and handicrafts, identified by the Romans with Vulcan.



goddess of agriculture and the protector of marriage and the social order, identified by the Romans with Ceres.


n hey-deez

the god ruling the underworld; Pluto


n per-sef-uh-nee

a daughter of Zeus and Demeter, abducted by Pluto to be queen of Hades, but allowed to return to the surface of the earth for part of the year.


heeruh, her-uh

the queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of Zeus.



the ancient Greek god of forests, pastures, and shepherds, represented with the head, chest, and arms of a man and the legs, horns and ears of a goat.



goddess associated with the moon, virginity, and hunting, she is the sister of Apollo.


poh-sahyd-n, puh-

the ancient Greek god of the sea; identified by the Romans with Neptune.


n dahy-uh-nahy-suh?s

the god of fertility, wine, and drama; Bacchus.



goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and prudent warfare.



deity of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.

One letter makes all the difference


My teacher once said when you speak you have to say it clearly because sometimes people misinterpret it. Especially in writing when you write you have to spell it correctly because once you misspelled it the meaning will be change. So here are some examples of words that when you change the first letter it will also change the meaning. My reference is dictionary.com.

One letter makes all the difference





to decline to accept (something offered).




to become decomposed; rot.


huhm-buh?l, uhm


not proud or arrogant; modest.




to give up or over; relinquish or resign.


a mahyld


amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.


vo weeld


to exercise (power, authority, influence, etc.), as in ruling or dominating.




great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion.




having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd.




being within; inside of anything; internal; inner.


a an-teer-ee-er


situated before or at the front of; fore (posterior).


n ahr-ber


a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.




obscene; grossly indecent.




to put off to a later time; defer; postpone.


n ref-yooj


shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.




to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle.


vo ri-doos, –dyoos


to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.




living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated.


vo dee-fyooz


to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.).


dih-doos, –dyoos


to derive as a conclusion from something known or assumed; infer.

Secretly in love with you


Every time I saw you my heart beat gets fast,

I don’t understand why always felt this

Especially when are path cross.


When you demanded I always do it without hesitation,

With the hectic work, it’s nothing to me

Simply because I secretly in love with you.


When you correcting my wrong

I just smile while listening to you,

It is because I love to hear you the word “ok, is it like this” listen carefully”


When you smile, I smile

When you talk, I smile

When you’re mad, I still smile

It is because I secretly in love with you.


April 27,2012

Word for the day (March 13, 2012)


Word of the Day

Today’s Word: duress


(noun) [doo-RES, dyoo-RES]

1. compulsory force or threat: “Amanda hoped her friends would forgive her moment of weakness while under duress in the principle’s office.”

2. (as in law) illegal coercion or constraint

3. (as in law) forcible confinement, especially imprisonment


Approximately 1330; from Middle English, ‘duresse’: hardship, harshness; from Old French, ‘duresse’; from Latin, ‘duritia’: hardness, from ‘durus’: hard.

In Action

“Geeks under duress can turn their Handspring Visors into truly personal digital assistants with a new snap-on module that turns the PDA into an electronic massager.

According to developer Raynet Technologies, the application driving the Personal Massager module comes with three different ‘tantalizing’ selections of massage modes.

The pre-set programs can be tweaked to suit an individual user’s preferences by varying ‘frequency, ramp-up modulation, duration, pressure and burst,’ according to the product’s documentation.”

Michelle Delio. “Handspring Offers, Um, Handspring,” Wired.com (Oct. 3, 2001).

“The prosecution indicated that most of its case relies on statements Mr. Lindh is said to have made, and the defense is doing all it can to suggest that those statements were made under duress.

The defense says Mr. Lindh was kept naked, blindfolded and bound in a metal container before federal agents questioned him, and they gave the court a picture today that they said showed him in those circumstances.”

Katharine Q. Seelye.”No Need to Tie Lindh to Deaths, Judge Rules,” The New York Times (April 2, 2002).

Reference: http://www.quotationspage.com/wotd.html