Confession

Okay, no lesson today, just an autobiographical confession. Here’s the illustration. Third panel:

https://www.gocomics.com/nancy/2020/02/26

He shouldn’t be ashamed of himself, though. Finding those typos is a sign of alertness.

My confession: Like Sluggo, I can’t look at text without finding the typos.

Leukemia Marrow Transplant-How it is Done?

Blood plays a very crucial role in our body. So it should be perfectly configured in our body. Our blood is consist of three types of cells i.e. Red blood cells that carry oxygen to our entire body, platelets that helps in clotting the blood and last but not the least white blood cells that prevent our body from infection. All the three cells has to be in a definite proportion for a healthy body. Here we will discuss about the disorder in our body due to the unwanted distribution of white blood cells named Leukemia. Also we will discuss the basic process for the cure of this disease.

What is Leukemia and Why How Does it Happen?

Before understanding the cure, you should know some basic things about this process. Leukemia is a kind of blood cancer that is caused by the rise in white blood cell in your body. The bone marrow of your body that makes millions of blood cells every day in which most of them are red blood cells, will start to produce extra white blood cells.

  • These excess white blood cells disturbs the whole configuration of blood cells.
  • In a result the red blood cells and platelets get crowded and unable to perform their functions normally.
  • Extra white blood cells than requirement of body will not be able to prevent your body from infections.

Leukemia Marrow Transplant

There are many options for the treatment of this cancer depending upon the type of leukemia. This thing will be confirmed by the several diagnosis that your doctor will recommend you. Cell transplant is the one of the treatment for this disease. Also known as Stem cell transplant or bone marrow Transplant.

How it is done?

 As discussed earlier, the bone marrow is that part which produces thousands of blood cells every day. In this leukemia marrow transplant or stem cells will be replaced with the new one. The process will be done in these simple steps.

  1. First off all heavy chemotherapy will be done, that involves removal of cancer cells from bone marrow. In this process certain type of drug will be injected in the effected body to kill the cancer cells.
  2. After the chemotherapy, the effect body will be infused with new stem cells. These stem cells can be either allogeneic or autologous, that means can be taken from a healthy donor or can be taken from the patient’s body itself. It totally depends on the type and stage of Leukemia disease.

After the stem cells transplant in bone marrow, it will start to grow new blood cells in required proportion.

Although according to some surveys, stem cell transplant is the most commonly used method for the cure of this blood cancer, but the method and type of treatment depends on the maturity of cancer. It also depends on the type of causing blood cells so it is highly recommended that you should go through the symptoms and consult to a specialist. Because prevention is always better than cure.

Contact US:

Gift of Life Marrow Registry
Address:  800 Yamato Rd suite 101  Boca Raton, FL
Phone: (800) 962-7769

Marketingese

Marketingese. Is that a word? I hope so, because this post is about a sample of it. This is a style of writing that I don’t much like. I write to explain things, not encourage fantasy. Here’s what I’m talking about:

The front of the plaid packet said UPTAPPED: ALL NATURAL ENERGY. The marketing copy said, “For too long athletic nutrition has been sweetened with cheap synthetic sugars. The simplicity of endurance sports deserves a simple ingredient — 100% pure, unadulterated, organic […] the all-natural, low glycemic-index sports fuel.”

This was the label on a packet of maple syrup.

That’s a quote from an article in vulture.com that speaks ill of business talk aka corporate-speak, made-up words and new metaphors common in corporate culture. (The writer of the article calls these expressions, among other things, “usage peeves.”) It’s a fun read if you like good language and dislike certain neologisms: Why do corporations speak the way they do? I could pull a lot of quotes from the article, and they’d fit comfortably on this website, but I’ll settle for this.

Read the article and pick your own favorite examples of non-expository language.

Okay, here’s the picture that goes with the article:

One of my Favorite Pet Peeves

English has a long history of verbing nouns, meaning using a noun as a verb. (Look up “verbing” in the search box) but in at least some cases, we curmudgeons take a while to get used to the construction. “Office,” for example, is a pretty tough verb for us to swallow. First panel:

https://www.gocomics.com/homeandaway/2020/02/18

Do you have a pet grammar peeve? Share in the comments. Maybe I’ll post about it.

PS—The next day’s comic. First panel again.

Someone I Promise Never to Be

—in person anyway. On this site I do it all the time.

https://www.gocomics.com/sheldon/2020/02/17

I don’t do it when you write to me, either. Unless you ask. Aren’t you glad?

Something Published, Something Printed

Back in the days of typewriters, when we wanted to type the name of a book, we did a bunch of backspaces, then underlined the title.

In these days of word processors, with formatting only a click away, the correct way to type the name of a whole book or other stand-alone publication is to use italics. For example, this passage from the email newsletter New Atlas:

In a study published in the journal Neuron, the team showed that at a frequency of 50 Hz, electrical stimulation of the central lateral thalamus, a region once thought of mainly as a relay, amplification and processing station, was able to pull macaque monkeys out of an anesthetized state and elicit normal waking behaviors.

https://newatlas.com/science/consciousness-switch-brain-region

Here’s a picture:

The central lateral thalamus is found deep in the center of the brain, close to the brain stem
“Researchers find a ‘cosciousness switch’ deep in the Brain”

Suppose you print the title of an article inside a publication. Put that title in quotes, which I did under the picture.

These two rules appeared before the widespread use of the internet, but I haven’t seen a change to those rules.

This led me to ask what the rule is for documents that didn’t exist before the internet. What about websites? Um, such as New Atlas? For what it’s worth, the USGPO Style Manual for 2016 says to set websites in Roman. I confess that I like the idea of using italics for things like online newsletters. Have you seen this discussed anywhere?

An Old Lesson

I made this point back before the internet, when I first started writing. I don’t think I’ve run into this point since! Be careful with pointless metaphors:

https://www.gocomics.com/9to5/2020/02/12

…except I said not to do this. Say the note (or email now, I guess) is from you, not your desk!

Get Your “Kinds” to Agree

“Kind” is singular, “kinds” is plural, right? And “this” and “that” are singular and “these” and “those” are plurals. Right? Right! Then make them agree!

Last panel in the middle row. She gets it wrong.

https://www.gocomics.com/luann-againn/2020/02/09

It’s “those kinds,” Luann! Thank you, Mrs. Clemens, for teaching me this. I learned a lot in sixth grade…

Another Correct Use of “Comprise”

“Is comprised of” is one of the worst pretentiousisms out there, and one that bugs me the most. Don’t ever say it!

Here’s the rule:

When you’re talking about a whole thing and its parts, compose goes from the parts to the whole, and comprise goes from the whole to its parts.

Here’s a guy who got it right:

OVER 5,000 YEARS AGO IN what is today Slovakia, a Neolithic community erected a new building. It wasn’t the first “longhouse” in Vráble, an early town comprising about 100 buildings in all. 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/slovakia-neolithic-rotating-buildings

I mentioned this topic before. For more examples, use the search box in the upper right.

Here’s a picture:

PS—Just ran into another correct usage:

Another example is Isabel de Olvera, a free woman of African descent, who in 1600 went on an expedition to New Spain (a region comprising present-day New Mexico, Arizona, Florida and other parts of North and South America), in search of trade goods and new places to settle. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-slavery/2020/02/07/d4cb0e6a-42e0-11ea-b503-2b077c436617_story.html

Vocabulary Lesson

I don’t generally post two consecutive comics, but these are on the same topic. You know these words, right?

https://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2020/02/04
https://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2020/02/05

Okay, supply some definitions:

Tautology (you caught the “no not” and “unintentional accident,” right?)
Oxymoron
Obfuscation