A single “e” can make a big difference. In the case of “aid,” an “e” personifies, turning “assistance” into “assistant.” Consider: The point of the story that accompanied this headlineContinue reading
Considering that Notre Dame, like so many universities, treats its coaches like royalty, I can see how “reigns” comes to mind.
The word we were after, though, was “reins,” as in “handed him the reins,” a phrase that means to hand over control.
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The answer is no, but it sure seems that way.
The flu is certainly infectious, but the writer of this ad meant “flue,” or the passageway for a chimney.
You can certainly go up a flue, but I haven’t figured out a way to go up a flu, even sarcastically. (Although I did once find a way to turn flu precautions into a rock concert in an airport bathroom.)
I’d like to think that “Russell” referred to Sen. Russ Feingold or to the Russell Senate Office Building.
Then I could just say that this was a bad pun, like the one that has “Crowe Struggling to Russell Up a House in Wales.” (See below.)
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It’s “fare,” as in something offered for entertainment or consumption.
When you mix up “fare” and “fair,” the conversation can quickly veer from homophones and proper usage to “Ghostbusters” and “The Wizard of Oz” to exhibitionists and Zucchini Weenis. Don’t believe me? Just keep reading. I’ll even throw in a side of deep-fried butter.Continue reading