THIS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO UPGRADE OUR KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE

1. RIOT POLICE or ANTI-RIOT POLICE?

Well, it is NOT UNCOMMON to read or hear from our national dailies or radio / TV personalities using the phrase, ANTI RIOT POLICE.

It is however found to be incorrect as British people don't have the usage in their language.

The right phrase is RIOT POLICE.

Riot police are police who are organized, deployed, trained or equipped to confront crowds, protests or riots. (©Wikipedia)

2. THE BRAIN BEHIND or THE BRAINS BEHIND...?

It is common to read or hear folks write or say THE BRAIN BEHIND SOMETHING OR SOMEONE...

Well, the expression is an idiom which must have the word BRAINS ✔ being used instead of BRAIN ❌.

BRAINS is however singular in meaning despite carrying the 's' morpheme.

So, it should be THE BRAINS BEHIND...

Example:

** My friend, Tolu, is the brains behind my success as an entrepreneur. ✔

** She is the brain behind her husband's success. ❌

3. FLY UP or FLARE UP?

It is wrong to say fly up when you mean to say someone is angry.

FLARE UP means a situation in which something such as violence, pain, or anger suddenly starts or gets much worse

** Each time I mention it to her, she flies up ❌

** Each time I mentioned it to her, she flared up. ✔

4. SMELLY or SMELLING?

SMELLY is an adjective meaning having an unpleasant smell...

You use SMELLY to describe a situation where someone or something smells offensively.

Learn to use SMELLING which is a present participle where necessary. Do not use it as an adjective.

Example

** She thinks he's just another filthy, smelly animal and runs away. ✔

** The room is damp and smelling.❌

** I am smelling alcohol on his breath. ✔

5. INSULTING or INSULTIVE?

For the umpteenth time, the word INSULTIVE does not exist in the English language. So, let's avoid it...

I still hear or read folks use insultive....

INSULTING ✔

INSULTIVE ❌

Folks, we have come to the end of yet another session. I hope you will find this one helpful.

Thank you for your time and audience.

REFERENCE

Wikipedia

Cambridge Online Dictionary

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