Taught? taut? tort? torte?

Taught. Past tense of the verb ‘to teach’ meaning to impart knowledge or give instruction (Mr Stephens taught history at our school; I was taught how to drive a car when I was sixteen)

Taut. Tense, tightly drawn (her face was taut with worry about whether her family had survived the earthquake)

Tort. A wrongful act, not including a breach of contract, that results in injury to another’s person, property, reputation etc. and for which the injured party is entitled to compensation (writing ‘paedophile’ on the window of someone’s house is an example of a tort)

Torte. A highly decorated rich cake containing cream etc. (my grandmother would make a torte with hazelnut, chocolate and cream for special occasions)

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From ‘The Right Word’ by Elizabeth Morrison.

To teach is ‘to facilitate or draw out insight by engaging attention and encouraging inquiry and questioning.’ This approach to education is discussed in the introduction of Exisle Publishing’s new book Mindful Learning, written by Dr Hassed and Dr Chambers.

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With people commencing or returning to study in January, this book uses the concept of mindfulness to make a positive difference and contribution towards success in learning. The Mindful Learning website has detailed information on the contents, authors, theory and practice of mindfulness applied in an educational context, from the Mindful Learning book.

However, if you desire to eat torte, not be taught, try the ‘Occasional Treats and Desserts’ recipes available in Optimum Health the Paleo Way. Claire Yates the author, supplies recipes which taste great and are packed full of nutrients – to be enjoyed occasionally, but when enjoyed – enjoyed thoroughly!

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The Optimum Health the Paleo Way website introduces the benefits of eating the Paleo way and living the Paleo lifestyle, which are then comprehensively explained by Claire in her book.

Ware? wear? we’re?

Ware. In plural form, articles of merchandise (the trader sells his wares at the markets each Sunday); used today more to describe particular types of merchandise or manufacture (the hardware store stocks building materials, paint, builders’ tools etc; silverware is not as popular today because it requires constant cleaning)

Wear. To have as covering on the body (you need to wear warm clothes in winter; what dress will you wear to the wedding?); to smooth down (the continual washing of the waves will wear the rough edges off the stones); to deteriorate (if you continue to brake hard, you will wear the tyres); exhaust (you will wear out everyone if you continue to make the team practise all day)

We’re. A contraction of ‘we are’ (we’re not going to school today, we have the measles; when we’re hungry, we raid mum’s pantry)

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From ‘The Right Word’ by Elizabeth Morrison.

What were we wearing in Australia during the 1960’s?

Elizabeth Morrison, author of The Right Word, has collaborated with her husband, photographer Ron Morrison, to create Those were the days, Australia in the sixties.

Many were wearing mini skirts! As evidenced by the documentary photographs now on exhibition at the Lovett Gallery in Newcastle Region Library.

Greg Ray from The Newcastle Herald reflects upon the ’60’s and the exhibition, which is open until the 2nd of February, 2014. Do you recognise the cityscapes below?

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Each photograph in the exhibition is accompanied by a note, remembrance or detail.

The book is available directly through Exisle Publishing (currently offering a Free Express Post with purchases over $40.00, which may land this book in a nostalgic family member’s Christmas stocking). Visit the Exisle website for details on the offer.

Sort or sought?

A tricky homophone recently spotted in the text of a real estate advertisement…
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Sort. A particular kind, description or variety that is distinct from something else (the Blues was a new sort of music that originated from the African–American communities of the Deep South in America; mum, I don’t really like these biscuits, can I ask for another sort that I do like?); to arrange according to size, type etc. (your next job is to sort the knives, forks and spoons and put them in their correct place in the drawer); an inadequate or less socially acceptable person (you really shouldn’t be socialising with that sort of person); colloquial, someone who can be trusted or is a fun person to be with (Kathie is a great sort, full of fun); an attractive person (she is  a good sort!); also, to convince someone that they are wrong, sometimes with violence (if you keep on repeating that lie, we will sort you out)

Sought. Past tense of ‘to seek’, to try to find or obtain (we sought a lot more information on the robbery before any action was taken; he sought the name of the girl he met at the dance); to be desired or in demand (she was much sought after as an actor)

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From ‘The Right Word’ by Elizabeth Morrison.