A Little Humor

Okay, the last post was rather heavy duty. Here’s some light duty:

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Compound Subject, Singular Verb

That title sounds like a practice I would disagree with, but a compound subject with a singular verb can be correct! Here’s the rule:

  • A compound subject with “and” gets a plural verb.

Here’s an example of getting this wrong. _others” is plural, so the verb should be plural:

Our results provide new insights into how this subduction zone, and possibly others, behaves over geologic timeframes of millions of years.


Here’s the other rule: A compound subject with “or” takes the number of the last item in the subject. If the last item is plural, use a plural verb, if the last item is singular, then use a singular verb.

A correct example:

Anomalous propagation, or AP, is the name given to radar echoes that are not related to precipitation.


Here’s an incorrect example. “rhetoric” is singular, so the verb should be singular:

Administration officials push back on the idea that Trump or his rhetoric have any responsibility to bear, saying the only people responsible for these mass shootings are the people shooting the guns.


This is correct; plural second subject, plural verb.

I don’t think most schools or employers are there yet.


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Pros and Cons of Auto Detailing

If you are keen on knowing the various benefits and downsides of auto detailing in Moore OK, you are in the right place. However, before getting into further details, we should have a clear understanding about the difference between auto detailing and conventional car servicing and washing. There are obviously a number of reasons why car detailing is more expensive compared to servicing and washing. They offer value for money and as a customer you will get something more and some add-ons will definitely be there. But at the same time, you must have a clear idea about your requirements and only then you must go in for car detailing. This is because it comes with a hefty price tag. You, therefore, must be sure that you will get good value for money from the whole thing. We are sharing below a few positives and drawbacks when hiring the services of auto detailing professionals. It might work well as a checklist for those who are keen on hiring the services of these professionals.

Services That One Can Expect

If you do your research and then choose the right car wash specialist you can expect a number of services from them. These could be considered as advantages or benefits.

  • They provide much more than a thorough wash of the interiors and exteriors of the car. They also go deep into the cleaning of the interiors of the vehicles. Additionally they also check the tire pressure and fluid levels. While ordinary mechanics may also be able to do this task, auto detailing professionals may be able to do a much better job of it.
  • You will be able to get almost everything related to car repair and maintenance under one roof. These professionals use high quality water and detergents. The detergents are soft and mild on the car but also clean well. They are also eco-friendly in more ways than one. However, make sure that the same water is not recycled and used. If it is filtered through a reliable reverse osmosis system, it is fine.
  • They will be able to offer very professional auto detail services in OKC. You will be able to get everything that you want under one roof. They have special as well standard packages and once you have a look at them, you will know why they charge more and why they are more preferred. This will make you feel comfortable and you will be satisfied with the kind of services that they offer.


Of course, there are some disadvantages in hiring these  professionals. Here are a few of them.

  • Unless you are able to hire the right professionals, you could end up paying big money and the entire thing will become very expensive. The market is unorganized and if you do not do your research correctly, it is quite possible that you could end up picking up the wrong service provider.
  • Not many of them offer a guaranteeor warranty for the services. However, there are a few who are ready to do it but they are very few and far between.


To sum up, you must do your research properly and then decide whether it makes sense to hire these professionals or it is a waste of money.

Contact US:

Chase Detailing
Address: 3730 W Rock Creek RD
Norman, OK
Phone: (405) 458-4444

Services Provided By Chiropractors

There are dozens of people of different ages who suffer from various types of pains. Many complain of pain in the back, while others may suffer from neck pain, shoulder pain, migraine pain and various other types of pain. Generally, when we think about pain management, we often start using over the counter of OTC painkillers. While these may give temporary relief, they may not be able to address the root cause of the problem. Further, regular use of painkillers is not safe and they could lead to various health conditions and even may damage vital organs like kidneys, livers, heart, and lungs. Therefore, more numbers of people are turning towards chiropractic pain management. This method of pain management is becoming popular because it is non-invasive. There is no need for surgeries and other such procedures. Further, this form of treatment is relatively free from medications, especially oral types that are notorious for various side effects. We will look at the various services that are provided by chiropractors.

Treatment of Back Injuries

Back injuries are one of the most common causes of back pain for thousands of men and women across the world. It is caused by several reasons and quite often old age, injuries, sports injuries, and other such problems cause such problems. Many people turn to chiropractors for back pain treatment because it is free from surgeries, harmful over the counter medications, injections, steroids and other types of treatments. It is useful for thousands of men and women if it is done properly.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is another treatment that is being used by many chiropractors. This device is useful in handling many types of medical conditions. These include arthritis, soft tissue injuries, neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain management, tendonitis, and much more. The laser treatment offered by chiropractors is preferred because it performs much better in cellular repairs and also stimulates the immune, lymphatic and vascular systems and functions.

Managing Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is another problem that is common among many thousands of men and women across the world. Many symptoms are part of fibromyalgia and almost each one of them can be satisfactorily handled by chiropractors. These symptoms include abdominal pain, chronic headaches, stiffness, numbness, fatigue, hypersensitivity, and much more. The good thing about treatment for fibromyalgia is that chiropractors can do it without the need for painful surgeries, injections, and other such inconvenient and expensive procedures.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Almost each one of us would have experienced neck and shoulder pain. While the conventional approach has been to use pain killers, sprays, ointments and creams, many people put their money on chiropractic methods to overcome neck and shoulder pain. In most cases, the pain is a manifestation of some problems with the spine and these professionals through some deft handling will be in a position to give permanent relief in most of the cases.

The Big Takeaway

To sum up, there is no doubt that almost all types of acute and chronic types of pain caused by injuries, and other reasons can be efficiently and effectively handled by professionally qualified and experienced chiropractors in Frisco TX.

Contact US:

Taylor Family Chiropractic

Address:8501 Wade Blvd #240
Frisco, TX
Phone: 214-387-7883

How Chiropractic Care Can Help in Sciatica

Sciatica is a problem for thousands of people in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. We often come across friends, relatives, colleagues, and even neighbors who talk about abnormal and excruciating pain caused by sciatica. For many, it would be debilitating and could prevent them from carrying on with their normal activities.

The pain has some unique characteristics. It generally originates in the buttocks or the low back and travels to both or one leg. It varies in intensity and frequency. It could range from minimum to moderation from occasional to severe and also from frequent to intermittent or constant. It is a pain that often is described as achy, dull, toothache-like, sharp, needle-prick like or having a burning sensation. It is also referred to as referred pain or radiating pain. Some people also complain of numbness and tingling sensations. In most cases, pain medications, compression with hot and cold water is recommended. However, many people feel that chiropractic medicines and treatments work very well for those who suffer from sciatica. We have to understand that sciatica pain occurs when the spinal cord nerve gets pinched by some muscles and tissues. Hence, aligning the spine and bringing it back to its original position could help overcome the problem. Let us see how this can be done.

Chiropractors offer Proper Diagnosis

When you choose the right chiropractor in Oklahoma City, he or she begins with proper investigation and diagnosis of the problem. The first objective is to find out the main reason that is causing sciatica. The chiropractors look at the patients’ overall medical history and also undertake a complete neurological and physical examination. They recommend MRI, CT scan, x-ray and other electrodiagnostic tests to pinpoint the exact place where the spinal nerve is being compressed.

They Support in Self Healing

The main purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body in its potential for self-healing. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement could lead to pain and this could also result in reduced performance and functions. Hence, by deft massaging and movement of the spine, it is possible to release the stress that might be causing the spinal nerve to be pinched. It, therefore, tries to offer a helping hand as far as the self-healing capabilities of the body are concerned.

Ice/Cold Therapy

Inflammation is one of the major problems as far as sciatica is concerned. When you visit a chiropractor, he or she offers carefully thought out ice and cold therapy. This could help in reducing inflammation and also could lead to better control of sciatic pain over some time. They also make use of one more method and it is known as TENS or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This method involves releasing various intensities of electrical currents that help to control and reduce muscle spasms.

Spinal Manipulation

Adjustments or spinal manipulation is at the core of any chiropractic care. It helps to free restricted movements of the spine apart from aiding restoration of vertebral bodies that have been misaligned.

The Final Word

Though there are many ways of treating sciatica and its symptoms, chiropractic medicine is often recommended because it is safe, non-invasive and free from the risk of operation, surgeries, and also harmful NSAIDs and other medications.

Contact US:

Elledge Chiropractic & Acupuncture
5715 N Western Ave #B
Oklahoma City,
Phone: (405) 858-2225

Transitive or Intransitive?

Some verbs take a direct object. We call them transitive verbs. Other verbs don’t take a direct object; we call them intransitive verbs.

So: “The computer displays a window”—transitive. You have to display something, in this case, a window.
And: “When you press Enter, the window appears.”—intransitive. Well, “press” is transitive, and “appears” is intransitive.

And some verbs can go either way. You can say, “Let’s run!” and “Let’s run a race!”

Here’s an example of a verb phrase (work out) that go either way. I hope you don’t mind a big, complicated noun clause for the direct object…


Note that the transitive and intransitive meanings are quite a bit different, and therein lies the humor.

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A Tricky Less/Fewer Construction

The rule is (Okay, maybe I should say “the rules are.)

  • Use “less” when you’re measuring
  • Use “fewer” when you’re counting.

Warning: pay attention to the context!

This sentence looks okay, right?

Astronomers have detected less than half of the estimated 25,000 near-Earth objects thought to be 459 feet in size or greater.


“Less than half” feels correct, doesn’t it? That’s because with fractions, usually you’re measuring. But this sentence is counting asteroids, so it should say “fewer.”

When you write, be alert! Pay attention! Here’s a picture of an asteroid so you have something besides text to look at. Thanks, NASA.

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The Difference Between “Concise” and “Terse”

  • Concise means you take out unnecessary words. For example, write “daily,” not “on a daily basis.”
  • Terse means you take out too many words. Terseness introduces ambiguity.

Here’s an example of ambiguity caused by terseness:


The sign leaves out the possessive adjective that tells whose hands to wash. Readers shouldn’t have to pause to figure out what you mean. Say enough to remove ambiguity, but say no more.

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Grammar Joke

She’s right of course. Get it right in your own writing, and don’t correct others unless they ask. Or to make a joke.


Use “fewer” when you’re counting and “less” when you’re measuring.

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What Goes with “Mentor”?

Everybody knows what a mentor is. It’s a well-trusted usually older person who teaches and trains someone, and who generally has a close relationship with the person they’re mentoring.

Mentor was a fellow in Homer’s story The Odyssey. He instructed Odysseus before he left on his journey, and took care of the home castle while Odysseus was gone.

But what do you call the person who has a mentor? Not “student” that goes with “teacher.”

Maybe mentee? That’s what these guys think (it’s a good guess, but they’re wrong).

Mentors help their mentees to get back into work, find volunteering, apply to university or develop new skills, all whilst working on their own communication and leadership techniques.


The actual correct name of the person being mentored is protégé. Yup, from the French.

Betchya didn’t know that, huh?

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