Friday Follies #145 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Greetings again, word lovers! The Grammar Cop has assembled a mix of hyphen-o-phobia, wrong-word-itis, and spelling misdemeanors for you.

  1. “…$850 million over the next few years to help finance assorted home care programs that will provide seniors with…”
  2. “And allegations of sexual impropriety long dodging Woody Allen and more recently aimed at Aziz Ansari have virtually brought their careers to a halt.”
  3. “First class accomodation for your pets: dogs, cats, birds…”


And the corrections:

  1. Did you spot the missing hyphen? It should say home-care programs. Why? Because home-care acts as a compound adjective here, modifying the noun programs. Easy as chocolate-cream pie, huh? Mmmm… 😋
  2. Did you catch the wrong word? To “dodge” something means to avoid it. However, in this sentence, the intended word (I’m sure!) is dogging, which means sticking to or following (in a manner unwanted by the person being followed).
  3. Did you see the misspelled word? It’s easy to remember how to spell accommodation correctly, if you keep this rule in mind: double-c, double-m. Oh, and by the way, bonus (imaginary) points if you also noticed the missing hyphen from “First class,” which should be First-class. See #1 above for the reason!

Friends, if you always remember the rules, you need never fear a citation from the Grammar Cop! Have an error-free week!

11 thoughts on “Friday Follies #145 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. Hmmm –

    1. I noticed home care but I would have associated it with health care and not hyphenated it. For work, where we deal a lot with the concept of health care for negotiating new contracts, etc., we put it as one word. We see healthcare as one word over here all the time and it did not get a red grammar-wrong squiggle underneath it when I typed it.

    2. I did note dodging was incorrect and dogging was the better choice.

    3. I did notice the missing “m” in accommodations and it was missing a hyphen for first-class.

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      1. I can’t say I’ve ever typed the words “home care”, just healthcare, though we did have a client “Right at Home” for a while, but it was a brief consult and I don’t think we did any client documents for his business. We see “healthcare” written together or as two words, more commonly as one word and to be harmonious in all docs, I just make it one word.

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        1. Is the concept of home care foreign in the US? Are there no such things as visiting nurses, for example? Here the term is differentiated from the global term healthcare because it refers only to one aspect of healthcare: care provided in the home.

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        2. No, we do have home healthcare and visiting nurses. There is an organization here called “Visiting Angels” and they provide all types of care, ranging from companion for those with dementia but otherwise healthy, to an invalid who must have round-the-clock nursing care, but prefers to stay in the comfort of their own home. Visiting Angels operates on different levels – in some cases they do cooking, light housekeeping, run errands, or may transport their charges to appointments. We had a neighbor many years ago who was a visiting nurse. She tired of working in a hospital and wanted a job with patient interaction, so she went to various patients, usually administering morphine or other drugs for patients in hospice situations. She left this job as she said it was very depressing and went to work in a doctor’s office.

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        3. Visiting nurses and healthcare organizations specializing in this type of care, especially hospice, are a thriving business Ellie. Healthcare insurance here in the U.S. no longer allows for long stays in the hospital. A fellow blogger had rotator cuff surgery in June. Per the doctor’s orders, Terry could not sleep in her bed for eight weeks and either slept sitting up in a chair or a special reclining lounge chair. She could not lift anything heavier than a fork and was not allowed to even dice an onion until healed, yet her three-hour surgery was done on an outpatient basis.


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