Monday, August 13, 2012

To flatter or to complete, that is the question

I read something recently in an e-newsletter that made me giggle. The headline for an article said, "Compliment the Bedding."
"Well, hello, Bedding; you sure are looking sultry and beautiful tonight."
It was, as I suspected, a piece about making matching bedroom decor so the colors would go together harmoniously, and not, as you would think from the word "compliment," a piece about giving praise to the way the bedding looks.

To complIment is to flatter, to heap praise upon. To complEment is to make something whole or complete.

In this case, there's a very fine line, but there is still a distinct difference. It was pretty funny thinking about someone coming on to bedding.

What grammar faux pas makes you giggle?

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~ Toni Morrison

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