Sunday, July 19, 2009

Whom he was

Who's next?This was just found in a NY Times story — Some of the residents have a sense of whom Dalkowski was, or might have been. Yes, it should be who, not whom. Who Dalkowski was.

It's amazing how often whom is used incorrectly; sadly, I probably do it myself now and then.

Today's words: Recidivism — a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior ; especially : relapse into criminal behavior. Chuck Knoblauch and Steve Sax, two pretty good second baseman otherwise, had trouble throwing to first, and apparently they were recidivists, if that's a word (I looked it up; it is).

A golfer who repeatedly shanks the ball into the woods probably has the same problem. The more you try to avoid it, the more it happens.

I was reading a novel and came across parsimonious. From context, it appeared to mean cheap or tight with your money. The online dictionary defines it this way: 1 : exhibiting or marked by parsimony; especially : frugal to the point of stinginess
2 : SPARING, RESTRAINED; synonym see STINGY. Yep.

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