English is surely something to learn every single day!
English vocabulary has to do with the stock of words present in the English Language. These vocabularies can sometimes be confusing according to their usage in context.
Now, in Nigeria and in some other counries where English is spoken as a second language, it is usually a bit taxing to learn these words and use them appropriately, hence the cause of several grammatical blunders in our spoken and written English.
However, since English is the official language in Nigeria, it becomes pertinent that we learn most, if not all of these vocabularies and their correct usage.
Here, we have gathered 5 of these vocabularies and their usage for your perusal.
Sit back and learn:
1. UPCOMING/ UP AND COMING
Well, number 1 on our list is upcoming/up and coming. I know we’re already wondering what the heck could be wrong with these words. Well, I’m glad to inform you that they’re both correct, but most times, the words are misused and the meaning becomes lost.
When we say upcoming, then we’re referring to an event that is going to take place anytime soon, but when we say up and coming, we are referring to a person whose abilities or talents are just developing and could be better.
Hence, it is wrong to say “the upcoming artiste”. The correct thing to say is “the up and coming artiste” and ” the upcoming concert by Wizkid…”
2. OFF DAY/DAY OFF
Lol. Most times, when we come home from work because of a public holiday or when we go on leave, we are quick to say, “today is my off day.”
An off day is a day when you probably didn’t perform as expected or you failed to carry out a duty as expected of you. So it is correct when you say “I had an off day today, I didn’t get any of the Mathematics questions correctly.”
Or you say, “Today is my day off from work, each person takes a day off every week.”
3. SO, SO AND SO
Most times, in our spoken English, we like to say, for example “Yinka said so so so so and so went to the party.
However, it is inappropriate to use more than three SOs in your sentence. The right thing to say and to use is just 3 sos, “so, so and so went to the party.”
4. BEEP/ FLASH
These words are both correct also, but they are used in the wrong context while writing or speaking. To flash means to briefly illuminate something or a scene, while to beep means to produce a short electronic tone.
Hence, the right word to use when you want to tell your friend that you called her, but quickly hung up before she picked because you probably didn’t have enough airtime on your phone is “beep.” So, you tell your friend that you beeped her and didn’t flash.
Once again, these two words are used inappropriately. Especially in Nigeria here, we are accustomed to saying “torchlight.”
You either say “flashlight,” or you say “torch,” because a torch is a stick or a holder that illuminates or that has light on it. So saying “torchlight” is only tautology and tautology is not allowed in English because it only causes our sentences to become long and ambiguous.
With these little things, I really do hope that our status as second users of English will improve and our spoken English also improves.
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