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The Grammar Guru

In the beginning, Warren was tickled and amused by Marjorie, who moved into the apartment next door. When they first ran into each other, Marjorie said, "I hear you're a college professor!"

Warren smiled. "Yes, I am."

"Then tell me something," said Marjorie. "How does my computer know what day and time it is, no matter how long I've left it off?"

Warren chuckled. "Sorry, I teach Spanish."

The next time they met, Marjorie said, "Hi there! Who decided that red should mean 'stop' and green, 'go'?"

Warren stood there at a loss, uncertain, totally bemused. What was with this woman? "And," she went on, "who decided that men and women should button their clothes from opposite sides and why?"

Warren put his key into his lock, but Marjorie stopped him from opening the door. "Who was the first man to give a woman a wolf whistle, and did she understand what it meant, and why a whistle by a wolf and not an antelope?"

Warren moved out that week, and Marjorie called her friend Sara. "The apartment next door is vacant. Come over before someone else gets it!"

Remember: amused -- tickled; bemused -- confused.



1) Arnie and Ann never married because she loved crossword puzzles. She was delighted and (bemused/amused) by them, while Arnie, who couldn't make heads or tails out of them, was (amused/bemused).

2) Warren couldn't stop laughing when Carl tripped and fell in the snow. After he climbed out, Carl said, "I'm glad my clumsiness (bemused/amused) you," and he began pelting Warren with snowballs.

3) Rijin, who was new to this country, was confused when he saw his first peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The combination thoroughly (bemused/amused) him.



1) amused/bemused.

2) amused.

3) bemused.

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