THIS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PERFECT OUR DEFICIENCY IN LANGUAGE

1. ON (a) PAR or AT PAR WITH SOMEONE/SOMETHING

It is common to read or hear folks write or say

** My salary is at par with my wife's whose work is lesser than mine. ❌

The correct phrase should be 'On a par' and NOT 'at par'

on (a) par with someone/something means:
equal or similar to someone or something:

Example:

** In my opinion, none of the new jazz trumpeters are on a par with Miles Davis. ✔

** My salary is on a par with my wife's though she works far lesser number of hours. ✔

2. SAY ME WELL TO versus REMEMBER ME TO SOMEONE

One often hears the expression:

** Kindly SAY ME WELL to your husband when you get home. ❌

'Say me well' as used above is used to mean, 'say my love or regards to your husband...'

It is however an incorrect usage and quite unEnglish.

The right English expression to mean greet someone on our behalf is:

REMEMBER ME TO...

** Kindly remember me to your family members once you get home. ✔

Many of us are guilty of using: SAY ME WELL TO... lol

3. TALKLESS or LET ALONE...

This is a revisited topic as people have failed to change from their old ways.

The word TALKLESS is unEnglish. It doesn't exist in the language..

LET ALONE which literally means NOT TO TALK OF... is the acceptable phrase in that case.

** I don't have money TALKLESS of food at home. ❌

** I don't have money LET ALONE food at home. ✔

4. GATE MAN or GATE-KEEPER

It is common to hear GATE MAN whereas it is incorrect.

GATE KEEPER is a person or system whose job is to check and control who is allowed to go through a gate...

GATE MAN ❌

GATEKEEPER ✔

5. BOW DOWN YOUR HEAD or BOW YOUR HEAD...?

The phrase BOW DOWN means to bend your body forward, especially when you are already kneeling, in order to show respect.

But where the head is involved it is safer and most appropriate to avoid using the word DOWN along the rest of the phrase. It should therefore be:

BOW YOUR HEAD ✔✔

BOW DOWN YOUR HEAD ❌❌

You can only BOW DOWN especially when you are meant to bend forward from the waist to show respect etc.

I wish to THANK Folami Oluwatosin Sodiq who went to my Messenger inbox to ask if today's class would take place as I appeared not forthcoming with it.

That gesture was a great show of commitment and consistency too on his part...

Today's class is dedicated to all Nigerian children on the occasion of this year's Celebration of Children's Day and Folami Oluwatosin Sodiq for being wonderful

REFERENCE:

ONLINE CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY.

WALE ADENAYA, MAY 27TH, 2018.