Words of Wisdom… About Words

I love the Timehop app on my phone. It’s really fun to go back and see what happened on this same day and how far I’ve come in the past six years since I typed my first Facebook post. But, I have to admit some of my posts from before I started taking communications classes at K-State are pretty pathetic. The grammar I once used on social media literally makes me cringe and want slap high school me right across the face. So I figured it would be a disservice not to write to all of our readers out there and share some of the “word wisdom” I’ve gained over the past four years.

Who dat who dat…that uses “dat?” While I was born and raised a country music fan, I do enjoy some of the pop culture hits of today. But if I could be like Brad Paisley and write a letter to me, and send it back in time to myself at 17, I would start out by saying, “Kaitlin, you are NOT a rap icon. Therefore, you should not ever use words like ‘dat’ in a sentence in published form.” It’s one thing to use it back and forth with buddies via text message, but please, if you are an intelligent person do not use it in your social media posts unless someone can tell you’re quoting from a song. Otherwise it really makes you look really stupid; people might think you went to KU.

You do not hold meetings. When was the last time you actually picked up a meeting with your bare hands and held it? Never, because we don’t hold meetings. So why use the word hold when there’s so many other amazing options you can choose such as host, chair, organize, etc.

Agriculture vs. Agricultural. Sigma Alpha is a professional, agricultural sorority full of women striving to become leaders in agriculture. Agriculture is a noun, when you use it as an adjective you have to modify it with the –al. You would say “leaders in agriculture” or “agricultural leaders” but you don’t say “agriculture leaders.” You can work in agriculture or in the agricultural industry.

Ain’t is not a word. End of discussion.

Healthy vs. Healthful. People can be heathy meaning that they are in good health or free of disease. When something is good for your health, it is healthful.

In behalf of vs. On behalf of. In behalf of means for the benefit of, while on behalf of means acting as the agent of. For example, you give a donation on behalf of someone or something but the money is to be used in behalf of a cause or activity. If one day you’re attending a meeting or banquet for your employer I hope you remember you’re there on behalf of them, not in behalf of them.

If you’re ever feeling like your grammar skills need a quick little tune-up, just do what I do. Watch this really great Weird Al parody!


Hope you enjoyed these words of wisdom!

In Sisterhood,

Kaitlin Morgan


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