Biscuits and Concrete

I sometimes feel the need to air my inner curmudgeon, and this is one of those times.

I’m currently reading a book that keeps referring to concrete as cement. It’s not the first time I’ve seen this erroneous usage in print, but I do admit that some writers get it right. Still, let me say it loudly – CONCRETE IS NOT CEMENT. Heck I might just as well call biscuits flour.

I’m belaboring the point now, but I feel I must give you writers out there the following to mull over:

Biscuit: a small, typically round cake of bread Unknown

Its components:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • shortening
  • water or milk

Concrete: a heavy, rough building material that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stonelike mass on hardeningimages

It’s components:

  • cement
  • sand
  • aggregate (stone)
  • water

Okay, so now you know. But a warning, writer: if I see this erroneous usage in one of your books I’m liable to steal a copy (or buy, if I must), mark up the offending usage(s), and send it back to you.

 

 

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