Which Word Wednesday

Which Word Wednesday: Abstruse vs. Obtuse

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Moviegoers might rate a film by the story’s accuracy or entertainment value or unusual plot line. The most important factors for me when it comes to movies are character development and dialogue. Give me witty banter—such as in The Spanish Prisoner and Fantastic Mr. Fox—and deep characters—such as Pride and…

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Which Word Wednesday: Orient vs. Orientate

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The variations in American English and British English are curious to me. There are the vocabulary differences (boot vs. trunk, etc.). Then there are distinct pronunciation differences (accent enhanced, I’m sure). We say advertisement with four syllables (ad-ver-TISE-ment); the Brits say it with three (AD-vertis-ment). They pronounce often with a…

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Which Word Wednesday: Historic vs. Historical

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A recent editing job sent me on an etymological hunt for the difference between historic and historical. My search would serve two purposes: The first, for my client; the second, for Which Word Wednesday. C’est magnifique! This quandary arose because I needed to know if Jesus would be considered a…

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Which Word Wednesday: Pedal vs. Peddle

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My first major editing error was in a newsletter for an international ministry organization. The article headline read something like this: Pastor Peddling for God! Although it is possible that a pastor was hawking wares for the Lord, that’s not what the article was about. It was about a pastor…

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