New Words, Wrong Words

I’ve been editing lots and lots of stuff lately, so I apologize for not sending out my Tips of the Day each day. I think we shall have to go to Tip of the Week for a few months until these huge projects are over. I’ll try to make them worth reading, and by “worth reading” I really mean “will make you smile.”

Let’s start out with some words I ran across that are not actual words.
–       Remediative – Here somebody was trying to make an adjective out of the verb “to remediate,” but if you look in the dictionary, “remediative” is not there. The correct adjective is “remedial,” which means “intended as a remedy” or a corrective treatment, which is what the writer meant.
–       Stickance – Here somebody was trying to “noun a verb.” If your drilling assembly sticks in the hole, it’s called “sticking,” which is a gerund (the official way to noun a verb). See my previous post on gerunds at: https://oilpatchwriting.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/gerunds-nouning-a-verb/

Now, it’s time for a couple of smiles. Here are two examples of the wrong word being used:
–       Seized CaCO3 – I guess this “sized” calcium carbonate must have been confiscated at Customs.
–       Crustal wells – I certainly hope these wells were in the earth’s crust. I think most are. Surely the writer meant “crestal wells” drilled near the crest of the field – in the earth’s
crust, of course.

At least these two “wrong” words were actually in the dictionary!

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Profound Quote of the Day:
“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”
– Aesop, Greek author of fables, 620-560 BC
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3 Responses to “New Words, Wrong Words”

  1. Blair Says:

    I’m a tech writer in the oil patch. A favourite one I saw recently was “Heave and slop considerations” – meant to say “Heave and slope.” I’ve seen some heaving that resulted in slop, but never at a gas facility…

  2. Beth Bridges Says:

    The fun part is though, that as far as remediative goes, I would have figured out what they meant. Stickance perhaps not so much!

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