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    Using the Right Word: complement, compliment

    Monday, October 19, 2009

    Complement means "to complete or go well with." Compliment means "to give praise." Both words can also be used as nouns. The adjective complementary means "serving to fill out or complete." Complimentary means "given free as a favor."

    "Some folks pay a compliment like they expect a receipt."
    - Frank McKinney Hubbard
    A fine grape jelly is a complement to any peanut butter.

    (From Write for Business, page 228, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 40)

    Using the Right Word: climactic, climatic

    Tuesday, October 06, 2009

    Climactic refers to the climax, or high point, of an event; climatic refers to the climate, or weather conditions.

    Because we are using the open-air amphitheater, climatic conditions in these foothills will just about guarantee the wind gusts we need for the climactic third act.

    (From Write for Business, page 227, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 39)