The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

THE WORD ' ac­tiv­i­ties' is pop­ping up much too of­ten in the us­age of English in this coun­try -- to the point where it's be­com­ing a very com­mon re­dun­dancy.

For in­stance, when was the last time you saw "il­le­gal gam­bling" in this coun­try be­ing writ­ten with­out the word "ac­tiv­i­ties"? Gam­bling is un­der­stood to be an ac­tiv­ity. If ev­ery English teacher in the coun­try re­ceived one sen each time this re­dun­dancy is used, we'd eas­ily have RM2.6 bil­lion within weeks.

Like­wise for sports. Re­sist the urge to add the word "ac­tiv­i­ties" when it's not nec­es­sary. "Au­ton­o­mous sta­tus". Now the cor­rect word is sim­ply "au­ton­omy". All uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try have been granted au­ton­omy. Full stop.


When re­fer­ring to an adult fe­male of the hu­man species it sounds bizarre and may even be con­sid­ered in­sult­ing to use the noun “fe­male” in­stead of “woman.” “The fe­male pointed the gun at the cop” should be “the woman pointed the gun at the cop.”


Your fi­ance is the man you plan to marry; your fi­ancee is the woman you plan to marry. No prizes for guess­ing what fi­anceee (triple e’s)

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