Grammarian–100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles

100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles–from the American Heritage Dictionary

There are certain words I’ll hear people say and I just cringe, because it’s used incorrectly. This list is a great one to learn because it teaches the words that many of us use incorrectly, without even knowing! Here’s a sample:

beyond the pale

A Word of the Week to the Wise

A Word of the Week to the Wise The author of this article has an interesting take on the Word of the Day, and how to increase its usage in meetings and life.

To increase the word’s usage, I recommend that the grammarian spread the word to all members in advance so they can begin to use it immediately and include it, for instance, in their prepared speeches.

Toastmasters Magazine, April 2017

Word of the Day –gauntlet –noun GAWNT-lut


Did You Know?

Gauntlet comes from Middle French gantelet, the diminutive of gant, meaning “glove.” (The gauntlet that means “severe trial,” “ordeal,” or “double file of armed men” is a different word that originates from Swedish gata, meaning “lane” or “way.”) To throw down the gauntlet is to issue an open challenge, while to pick up the gauntlet is to accept an open challenge. These figurative phrases come from the conventions of medieval combat. The gauntlet was the glove of a suit of armor. To challenge someone to combat, a knight would throw his glove at another knight’s feet. The second knight would take it up if he intended to accept the challenge, in which case a jousting match might ensue.

Merriam Webster Dictionary