Confusing Words and Expressions, Grammar, Lest We Forget, Parts of Speech

… someone’s appetite: wet or whet

The expression ‘whet someone’s appetite’ is often incorrectly written as ‘wet someone’s appetite’. The correct form is ‘whet’, not ‘wet’. Whet somebody’s appetite: To increase someone’s interest in something or their wish for it. Examples: Let him have some money to whet his appetite before we discuss the contract. That simple smile whetted her appetite.

Controversial Topics, Lest We Forget

Is ‘upliftment’ a word?

Have you heard someone say ‘upliftment’ is a Nigerian English word and only acceptable in Nigeria? No, it’s not. It’s a controversial English word (from Indian English) but has found its way into some dictionaries as ‘improvement of the spiritual or moral condition of a person’. However, most speakers still insist on ‘uplift’ (noun) as…

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Confusing Words and Expressions, Grammar, Lest We Forget, Parts of Speech

Unaware vs unawares

Both ‘unaware’ and ‘unawares’ are correct. Unaware (adjective) Not having the knowledge or realisation of something. Examples: Was he unaware of the threat? They were unaware that she was their lecturer. Unawares (adverb) Unexpectedly without any warning or sign. Examples: He was caught unawares by the question. My entry took the looters unawares.

Grammar, Lest We Forget

What does ‘I stand corrected’ mean?

Did you know the expression ‘I stand corrected’ has been used incorrectly over a long period by a large number of speakers? This is the fact: ‘I stand corrected’ is a formal expression used to admit that something you said or did was wrong. It doesn’t mean ‘I’ll accept being wrong if I am’ or…

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