THIS WEEK ON WATCH YOUR GRAMMAR- ‘A FULSOME PROMISE OF ITEM 13’

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Hi there, you are welcome to #WatchYourGrammar. This is a summary of the previous week’s lessons on #WatchYourGrammar, brought to you by Gird Center, your guide to correct grammar in English. Our very first lesson from last week was on the difference between ‘DISINTERESTED’ and ‘UNINTERESTED’. Even though ‘DISINTERESTED’ and ‘UNINTERESTED’ have the same root word, they are unalike in meaning.

To be DISINTERESTED in an issue means ‘to have no stake in the matter’; it means you have no personal feelings about it.  To be ‘UNINTERESTED’ on the other hand means you’re unconcerned about the matter or you are probably bored by it. Take a look at these examples of how ‘DISINTERESTED’ and ‘UNINTERESTED’ can be used correctly.

If you are ‘DISINTERESTED’ in a court case it means you do not care who wins or loses.

On the other hand, if you’re ‘UNINTERESTED’ in the court proceeding, you do not find the proceedings exciting at all.

Wednesday’s lesson concerned a discussion on the actual meaning of ‘FULSOME’; ‘FULSOME’ does not mean ‘much’, hence it will be incorrect to say ‘That waakye is ‘FULSOME’, it should be enough for three people’.

When properly used, ‘FULSOME’ means ‘complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree’. If your neighbour describes your very modest dress as “a dress fitting for a goddess”, that would be a ‘FULSOME’ compliment. You may want to ask him what exactly he wants with his flattery.

Here’s an example of how FULSOME can be used correctly: “Ato’s ‘FULSOME’ welcome convinced Serwaa that he was up to something” #WatchYourGrammar

This is what you should remember, ‘FULSOME’ does not mean much, or full. ‘FULSOME’ is used in reference to compliments that are excessive and insincere.

Lastly, we took a look at a popular noun in Ghanaianism. Let’s do a little exercise; scroll down to the bottom of every program line-up, to the last item on the list, what do we often call it in Ghana? ‘ITEM 13’, that’s right.

The term ‘ITEM 13’is often used in reference to the food that is served at the end of programs. It is believed to have been coined by university students from Ghana, since food is usually the 13th item on most program line-ups #WatchYourGrammar

The term ‘ITEM 13’ is a jargon and cannot be used in formal settings. The right word to use in its place is REFRESHMENT #WatchYourGrammar

That’s it for this week’s summary of  #WatchYourGrammar; don’t hesitate to send us your feedback, questions and contributions. We’d love to hear from you. Do watch your grammar in the course of the week!

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