Pretty what?

Can you hear it? That’s the sound of my family and friends groaning “Oh here she goes again, the queen of grammar” and I chuckle as I think about them mimicking me. They often refer to me as “The Queen of Grammar” as I love English grammar with my particular passion for the correct use of Homophones, those quirky, testing words that sound the same but have different meanings. Holding the title bestowed upon me comes with an enormous amount of responsibility and now I find myself in a position where I have to comment on the use of English by so many people that is not pleasing to me.

Pretty is an adjective which means attractive or nice to look at. Pretty can also be used as an adverb and means quite or almost.

Here are some phrases using the word pretty which make me wonder if pretty is the best word to use and some which amuse me –

pretty mad, pretty hot, pretty far, pretty good, pretty lazy, pretty tired, pretty big, pretty sure, pretty new, pretty drunk, pretty rusty, pretty clean, pretty late


Lost is an adjective which means no longer possessed, no longer to be found, did not win. Lost implies that there is an intention to look for it, to find it or to try again.

The recent news headline said “celebrities we lost during 2016” and again I am reminded how afraid we are to say that a person has died or passed away. They are not lost; we know where they are.

Similarly, so often people talk about the amount of weight they have lost and while I congratulate them for their efforts, I sincerely hope they do not intend trying to find it. There are so many more positive ways to make that statement which will remove any indication of attempting to find it, for example, “my exercise regime has been successful and I am pleased with my current weight”.


How’re you doing? How’re you going? When enquiring about the wellbeing of a person, the question to ask is “How are you?”

You ask “What are you doing” or Where are you going”

That’s like all for now, like before I get like started on like the use like of the word like!







I am a great believer in natural health and healing and am constantly reminded of the ability that our bodies and minds have to heal. I am passionate about organic products and endeavour to use them in my daily life. Being a conservationist, I am concerned about the future of our planet. I am an advocate for world peace, equal rights for all and animal welfare. My hobbies include reading, writing, travel and engaging with people from all cultures and lifestyles. I strive to commit to daily exercise and most days I succeed and think that an occasional treat such as a small ice-cream or chocolate is perfectly fine. Family and friends are what I value most in life and I pride myself on my dedication and loyalty.

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