Columns » Words



Four Tops, yes. Police, no:

"Wagner has never been charged, and police plan to reach out to him as part of the re-opened investigation, but they say he is not a suspect."

A reader complains there's too much reaching out going on these days, and I share the concern. When the police reach out to me, I shy away, no matter what they're saying.

Probably reached out to him. And grabbed hold:

"Arkansas pulled off a credible defensive job on Vanderbilt's John Jenkins, the SEC's leading scorer with 20 points per game."

Credible means "believable." The word the writer wanted was creditable – "bringing or deserving credit, honor or esteem."

"I saw in the paper that Bishop Woosley had been hired as director of the state Lottery Commission. Wasn't he one of Henry the VIII's flunkies? Seems like we'd need a younger man for this job."

There's a little confusion here. The churchman who served as an adviser to Henry VIII was Bishop Woolsey (also spelled Wolsey), and yes, he would be well past the mandatory retirement age today. The new lotterer puts the s before the l, and in his case, I believe "Bishop" is a given name and not a title.

I don't know much about preparators, but I know what I like:

"Sara Segerlin, public programs coordinator, and Chuck Flook, lead preparator, speak Monday during Spotlight Talk: Installing Large Sculptures, discussing Claes Oldenburg's 'Alphabet/Good Humor' sculpture at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville."

Before I looked in the dictionary and got cultured, I couldn't have told you that a preparator is "A person who prepares a specimen for scientific examination or exhibition." I probably would have called such a person a preparer, and how those New York art critics would have laughed.

Add a comment