Category: Mrs. B

HOW TO SAY IT

Mrs. B hopes you’ll pay close attention to your pronunciation of these words. mastectomy: muh-STEK-tuh-mee, not muh-SEK-tuh-mee (Don’t leave out the first “t.”) preventive: ...

HERE’S HOW YOU SAY IT

Let’s get started on another list of often-mispronounced words. dilate: DIE-LATE, not DIE-uh-LATE (It’s a two-syllable word.) drowned: DROWND, not DROWNDED (It’s a one-syllable ...

MERV KNOWS…

In newswriting you’re always better off using short words in short sentences. It’s the most effective way to tell a story. Newswriting coach Merv ...

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Instead of wordy phrases, Mrs. B hopes you’ll start simplifying. Try these on: Instead of “as a means to,” say to. Instead of “by ...

SKIP THE 25-CENT WORDS

Using 25-cent words doesn’t necessarily make you sound smarter. Usually the most effective language is the simplest. Mrs. B could “initiate” her lesson with ...

MRS. B vs. VERSUS

“Versus” is a preposition that means “against” in sports. In other contexts it means “as opposed to” or “in contrast to.” Notice there is ...

TO EACH HIS OWN

Each is always singular when it is the subject or comes before the subject it modifies. And these pronouns follow the same rule: every ...

**migrants, refugees*

The terms "migrant" and "refugee" are sometimes used interchangeably, but there's a crucial legal difference between the two. Migrants leave home voluntarily to try ...

Mrs.B-Archive-10-24-2017

?Continuously? means uninterrupted. ?Continually,? on the other hand, means frequently repeated. When Mrs. B hears "Well have continuous coverage of this story," she has ...

Mrs.B-Archive-08-29-2017

Mrs. B wants you to look at two expressions that sound alike but have different meanings: "jury-rigged" and "jerrybuilt." Something rigged up temporarily, and ...

Mrs.B-Archive-08-08-2017

"Fewer" refers to the number of something and is used with plural nouns. Heres a headline example:                    2017 Sees Fewer Speeding Tickets In ...

Mrs.B-Archive-05-31-2017

Mrs. B?s Grammar Yammer, a NewsBlues staple since the beginning, will continue, albeit twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Look for her tomorrow. Because ...