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Words of the Month

Confused and Abused Words

It's time to clear the air on the right way to use these words that are often confused and abused.

Alternate. First one and then the other.
The alternate gray and blue tiles would be perfect in the boys' bathroom.

Alternative. One without the other.
She ran out of eggs and used apple sauce as an alternative in the recipe.

Rob. You rob a person or institution
That bank was robbed three times last year.

Steal. You steal money or things.
If you steal any cookies, you will have to bake a whole batch.

 

Tip of the Month

A Note on Capitalization

Do not capitalize government, federal, administration, executive branch, or county, unless they are part of the name of a governmental agency or organization.

Examples

The county government approved the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Obama administration served the country for eight years.

The federal government collects taxes through the Internal Revenue Service.

The county executive called a meeting of the County Council last Tuesday.

 

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