“σσ” My Current Greek Nemesis

  • ἐκπλήσσω
  • ἐκτινάσσω
  • ἐξορύσσω
  • ὀρυσσω
  • προστάσσω
  • σπαράσσω
  • ταράσσω

These seven words are my most recent enemies as I try and learn every word in Mark. I have put in more work trying to remember these seven, slightly similar words than all the rest combined so far. As soon as I have one, one of the others falls right out of my memory. Any other people have problems like this? For any language really, doesn’t have to be Greek. 

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Verbs that take no preposition (consider, infringe, commiserate) are frequently given a needless one by the same hidden influence of a synonym. ‘Infringe’ (your rights) suggests ‘encroach’ (upon) and out comes ‘infringe upon’. ‘Consider’ suggests ‘regard,’ which needs ‘as.’ If you are tempted to say, “I consider you as a fool,” remember that you are applying the epithet to yourself.

        -Jacques Barzun, Simple & Direct, p. 62

This one has a sharp edge at its end. 

Verbs that take…

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Anyone who writes: “They wanted to, in a manner of speaking, eat their cake and have it too” is virtually deaf and blind to language and requires severe clinical treatment.

        -Jacques Barzun, Simple & Direct, p. 59-60

I’m sure I’ve done this. Does anyone know where the nearest writing intensive care unit is? 

Anyone who writ…

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Linking is felt in the relation of pronouns to antecedents and of verb tenses in sequence, no less than in the order and aspects of the larger parts of sentences. In short, linking is for the writer a principle of construction. There is not much linking, or not good linking, in the spontaneous expression of the mind when it gropes toward a meaning.

        -Jacques Barzun, Simple & Direct, p. 56

Linking is felt…

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