Monthly Archives: August 2012

Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Miscellaneous Entries.

Miscellaneous Entries. shareholder; stockholder; *shareowner. All three terms refer to one who owns stock in a corporation. The first is the most common, the second a fairly common equivalent, and the third so much less frequent that it has become … Continue reading

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LawProse Lesson #84

What’s the LawProse Effective Writing Index? It’s a scale to gauge the ten most important attributes of analytical and persuasive writing. The Index — forgive us, but we use the acronym LEWI (pronounced “louie”) — measures clarity, readability, efficiency, flow, … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: shoo-in.

shoo-in. “Shoo-in” (= a candidate or competitor who is sure to win), a casualism deriving from the idea of “shooing” something (as a pet), is so spelled. Yet *”shoe-in” is a frequent error — e.g.: o “Besides being a shoe-in … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: shirk.

shirk. In the modern idiom, this word is almost exclusively a transitive verb, as in the cliché that someone has “shirked” his or her duties. But the misformed phrase *”shirk from” has recently emerged, probably out of confusion with “shrink … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: shine.

shine. As a transitive verb, it’s inflected “shine / shined / shined” {he shined his shoes}. As an intransitive verb, it’s inflected “shine / shone / shone” {the sun shone}. Writers occasionally use “shined” where “shone” is the word they … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: sheath, n.; sheathe, vb.

sheath, n.; sheathe, vb. It’s an error to use “sheathe” (rhymes with “teethe”) as a noun or “sheath” (rhymes with “teeth”) as a verb — e.g.: o “The device features a mechanism that secures the needle, point and all, inside … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Miscellaneous Entries.

Miscellaneous Entries. sex, adj.; sexual. Both “sex discrimination” and “sexual discrimination” are widely used. The former is perhaps better, since “sexual” has come to refer more to sexual intercourse and things pertaining to it. Thus “sexual” is becoming rare in … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: share.

share. This word appears in various redundant phrases, such as *"share in common," *"share together," and *"both share" — e.g.: o “Elway and Dan Marino have been playing contract leapfrog with Elway always getting the last leap. They both share … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: shape / shaped / shaped.

shape / shaped / shaped. The archaic past participle “shapen” exists only in the forms “misshapen,” “ill-shapen,” and “well-shapen.” The latter two, though much less common than “misshapen,” still occur — e.g.: o “At the back of the restaurant, the … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: shanghai, v.t.

shanghai, v.t. As a verb, “shanghai” means (1) to drug or otherwise make insensible and then abduct for service on a ship needing crew members; or (2) to influence by fraud or compulsion. The inflected forms are “shanghaied” and “shanghaiing.” … Continue reading

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