Monday, March 24, 2008
A few of those little annoying blunders that can make reading the Vicad painful: First, in a guest editorial by the mayor of the largest city in Victoria County: "My own family’s health and safety ... is of upmost concern and importance to me." Some strange conflation of 'utmost' and 'uppermost,' maybe? Not to mention a subject-verb disagreement. Anyhow, it's downmost. Then someone wrote that something was 'cut-and-dry.' No, no, it's 'cut and dried' if it's all settled. And then some sports guy wrote that an effort was 'all for not.' That wants to be 'naught,' meaning 'nothing.' And, just for the novelty of a booboo I've never before seen, from a NYT blog: ‘The Clinton campaign is riding rodshot over the party.' Had to have meant 'roughshod,' so this is a wrong guess at both ends of the word. Amazing.