Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Word Choices . . . Accommodation versus Commendation

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Sometimes our pronunciation of words leads us to use the wrong spelling of our intended word and thereby conveying the wrong thought.

Here's a good example. What probably happened is a person was given a commendation (praise or certificate) for a good work. However, when it made it to print, the person was given an accommodation (like hotel room) for good work. Check out the definitions (from Dictionary.Com) below to get the point.

ac·com·mo·da·tion

  [uh-kom-uh-dey-shuhn]  Show IPA
–noun
1.
the act of accommodating; state or process of being accommodated; adaptation.
2.
adjustment of differences; reconciliation.
3.
Sociology a process of mutual adaptation between personsor groups, usually achieved by eliminating or reducing hostility, as by compromise or arbitration.
4.
anything that supplies a need, want, favor, convenience,etc.
5.
Usually, accommodations.
b.
food and lodging.
c.
a seat, berth, or other facilities for a passenger on train, plane, etc.

com·men·da·tion

  [kom-uhn-dey-shuhn]  Show IPA
–noun
1.
the act of commending recommendation; praise:commendation for a job well done.
2.
something that commends as a formal recommendation oran official citation or award: a commendation for bravery.
3.
Feudal Law the placing of oneself or one's land under theprotection of a lord so as to become his vassal.
4.
commendations, Archaic a complimentary greeting or message.