ChanteSez … Is it ‘then’ or ‘than’?

13 Aug

A colleague had seen “then” incorrectly used so many times when “than” should have been — in laudable publications, no less — he started to question which was right. ChanteSez to the rescue!

If you’re talking about time, it’s “then.” A few examples:

If I don’t do it now, then I’ll never get around to it.

Every now and then, I crave mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Think of it this way: Time means “when,” and when means “then.”

“Than” is about a comparison of some sort.

She refuses to date anyone who’s shorter than she is.

I’d rather be busy than bored.

Here’s your clue: Stay aware (with an “a”) when you compare.

Of course, the best way to avoid this typo, and so many others, is to do a good read before you post, print or pontificate.

ChanteSez…Weird Al is a genius

30 Jul

I wish I’d made this: “Word Crimes” by Weird Al. That is all.

ChanteSez … Know your criminal acts

9 Jul

It’s summertime in Atlanta. In my neighborhood, as in many others within city limits, there’s often a spike in criminal acts to correspond with temperature hikes.

Did you know there’s actually a difference between a burglary and a robbery? And between a homicide and a murder?

  • Burglary involves entering a building — not necessarily breaking in — with the intent to commit a crime. Robbery, on the other hand, includes using violence or force when trying to steal something.
  • You rob a person or a house, but you steal the money and valuables on hand.
  • Homicide is the legal term for a killing. Manslaughter is the act of killing, intent aside.
  • Murder, however, is premeditated homicide committed with malicious intent. A person shouldn’t be called a murderer unless there has been a conviction processed through the legal system.

There you go: Crime defined according to Associated Press, and ChanteSez. I certainly hope you escape any and all criminal acts — this season and beyond!

ChanteSez … Dig picture perfect punctuation

25 Jun

I wish I could claim today’s ChanteSez, but alas, that credit belongs to Curtis Newbold, aka The Visual Communication Guy. For those of you who are more visually inclined, his handy chart lists 15 of the most common punctuation marks, and amusingly, how hard they should be to learn.

There’s the period at the low end, and the comma at the hard end.

Check it out below. Thank you to Piggie for the tip!

Punctuation marks chart

ChanteSez … Don’t get possessed by apostrophes

18 Jun

Will F. from @HighImpactMda suggested today’s ChanteSez grammar tip weeks ago — I appreciate his patience, and yours. Sometimes you see an apostrophe before an “s,” and sometimes after. What gives?

Here are a couple of examples:

The twins’ style is so different, even though they are identical.

You can catch Mo Audio every Wednesday on Jabari Graham’s ABL Radio.

When you’re forming a possessive, and the item (or person) doing the possessing ends in “s,” you add the apostrophe to the end of the word.

Conversely, if the word doesn’t end in “s,” add one and put the apostrophe before it.

Here’s how to remember it: No “s,” add one. With “s,” needs none.

 

ChanteSez … Are you sure, ensure, or insure?

7 May

Do you like to be sure of things? One thing you may not be so sure about is the difference between “ensure” and “insure.”

Ensure means to guarantee, or make sure of something.

Insure references insurance, or paying a premium for future protection of assets, like a house or a car.

Here’s a way to remember it: It’s “easier” (with an “e”) to ensure something, but “I” don’t like paying for insurance.

ChanteSez … Listen to a titillating Mo Audio today!

16 Apr

Madam CJ

What’s on tap for Mo Audio this week? If listening to the powerfully sexy Madam CJ talk about how she wants to titillate you at her Le Courtesan Et Coquettes Noirs cabaret show on May 19 weren’t enough, trumpeter and all-around musician Dashill Smith gives the rundown on Music in the Park on May 20.

Then, of course, there are the hijinks of Slo Mo founders Carlton Hargro and DJ Larmarrous. I just get to enjoy the fun alongside my co-hosts — and I know you will, too!

Big shouts to Aalyah Duncan of A-List Events Marketing for getting Smith onto the show on such short notice. And for the always lovely Teya for gracing us with her presence while supporting Ms. Madam.

Tune in on ABLRadio.com today at 10 a.m., and again at 6 p.m.

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