No, it isn’t fair

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.

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A barrel of what?

We don’t hear much about “barrows” in the 21st century, which is no doubt why the folks having this garage sale listed a “wheel barrel” for sale.

There’s definitely a difference, though, between a wheelbarrow, which is a type of hand truck, and “wheel barrel,” which is a, a … garbage can?

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Who that?

“That” is a perfectly fine pronoun. Buildings are thats, and bats are thats and even “thats” are that. But, please, for the sake of humanity, let’s make people – including “anyone” – “who” or “whom.”

Here’s one way to think about it, à la Theodor Geisel:

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