Hi there, you’re welcome to the summary of last week’s lessons on WATCHYOURGRAMMAR, brought to you by Gird Center. On Monday, we addressed the differences between ‘DESSERT’ and ‘DESERT’. These two words are unalike; their meanings and pronunciations are entirely different. To start with, ‘DESSERT’ is a noun. It is served as the last course of a meal.
Example: We had ice cream for ‘DESSERT’.
DESERT on the other hand is the name of an arid land with little or no vegetation.
Example: Is the Sahara Desert the biggest in the world?
DESERT can also be used as a verb; the synonym of the verb ‘DESERT’ is ‘ABANDON’.
Example: Yoofi deserted his puppy when he got a goldfish as a new pet.
Here’s one thing you should know about ‘DESERT’: the verb ‘DESERT’ and the noun ‘DESERT do not have the same pronunciation.
On Wednesday, our lesson was on the actual meaning of the adjective ‘NONDESCRIPT’. What does it mean to describe a person, or an object, as ‘NONDESCRIPT’?
‘NONDESCRIPT’ does not mean ‘incapable of being described’; it means ‘dull and uninteresting; lacking distinct features’. If, for instance, you see something so beautiful but you lack the words to describe it, you cannot call it ‘NONDESCRIPT’.
Here’s how you can better understand the meaning of ‘NON-DESCRIPT’.
A dull puppy in the company of energetic, attractive puppies, can be called ‘NONDESCRIPT’.
Here’s a hint: A synonym for ‘NONDESCRIPT’ is ‘UNREMARKABLE’.
Friday’s lesson, the final one for the week, addressed the Ghanaian phrase ‘BY HEART’. Esi met Ofori at Madina yesterday. Later she told her friend, Awo that Ofori speaks ‘‘BY HEART’’. What do you think Esi meant when she said ‘BY HEART’?
To do something ‘BY HEART’ is to ‘commit it to memory’.
For example, “She knows ‘Invictus’ ‘BY HEART’. She can recite it even in her sleep” #WatchYourGrammar
‘BY HEART’ does not mean ‘carelessly or unreasonably’ as it is sometimes used in Ghana.
In formal settings, Esi should say ‘Ofori is tactless’.
That’s all for this week’s summary, see you again next week; do watch your grammar