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

A GARNER was orig­i­nally a gra­nary, and to garner some­thing is to gather it in. To­day the word rarely has to do with agri­cul­ture: we garner at­ten­tion, praise, awards, ev­i­dence, and sym­pa­thy.

To gar­nish some­thing is to dec­o­rate it. You can gar­nish a lamb chop by plac­ing a sprig of rose­mary next to it. Quite a few peo­ple use “gar­nish” when they should be us­ing “garner.”


In stan­dard English “ge­nius” is a noun, but not an ad­jec­tive. In slang, peo­ple of­ten say things like “Telling Mom your English teacher is re­quir­ing the class to get wifi was ge­nius!” The


“The jig is up” is an old slang ex­pres­sion mean­ing “the game is over--we’re caught.” A mu­si­cian’s job is a gig.


You gild an ob­ject by cov­er­ing it with gold; you can join an or­gan­i­sa­tion like the Di­rec­tors’ Guild.

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