Another Nice “Comprise”

“Comprise” means something like “is composed of” and a lot of people, wanting to sound high class, get it wrong. Here’s how to use “comprise”:

By at least 55,000 years ago, the first Australians had navigated open seas in boats to reach the super-continent of Sahul, or Greater Australia (comprising Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania, which were one land mass when sea levels were lower).

The whole thing comprises its parts. Got it?

The sentence is from a book review. The book is Our Oldest Companions: The Story of the First Dogs Pat Shipman Belknap (2021) and here’s a picture from the review:

The Dachshund Parade marched the Royal Route to enter the Main Square in Krakow.
Credit: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto/Getty