wax : Common Errors in English

About wax

An unusual use of the word “wax” is “to change manner of speaking,“ as in “she waxed eloquent on the charms of New Jersey” or “he waxed poetic on virtues of tube amplifiers.” These expressions mean that she became eloquent and he became poetic. It is an error to say instead “she waxed eloquently” or “ he waxed poetically.”

wax Meaning(s)

  • (n) any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
  • (v) cover with wax
  • (v) go up or advance
  • (v) increase in phase

wax in News

  1. Leonardo da Vinci Wax Model Used to Make Scuplture on Display

    The bronze sculpture is made from a wax model designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo Credit: The Gallery of Amazing Things
    on June 14, 2013 Source: NBC Miami

  2. Sassy wax: New wax-only salon in downtown Grand Rapids serves women and men

    The salon is offering several specials through the end of June, including half-off the $45 Brazilians, $5 eyebrow wax, bridal party specials for men and women and several specials through its Facebook and Twitter page.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Grand Rapids Press

  3. Turtle Wax Winning the Social Media Race With New Campaign

    Turtle Wax has seriously lagged behind some of its more hare-like automotive competitors when it comes to Twitter and Facebook. In short, it's been in social-media standstill. But now, the 67-year-old company is picking up the pace. A month into a campaign that entailed buying multiple hashtags in the men's interest and cars categories, it's seen a  Promoted Tweets  engagement rate of an ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: AdWeek

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