Running the Gambit... AND the Wolverine

Speaking of grammar mistakes, here's one I heard confused today. It wasn't the kind of thing that drives me insane, but I heard it and thought, 'That doesn't sound quite right. What did she mean to say?'

gambit - n. 1. An opening in chess in which a minor piece, or pieces, usually a pawn, is offered in exchange for a favorable position. 2. A maneuver, stratagem, or ploy, especially one used at an initial stage. 3. A remark intended to open a conversation.

gamut - n. 1. A complete range or extent: a face that expressed a gamut of emotions, from rage to peaceful contentment. 2. Music. The entire series of recognized notes.

srah - Monday, 31 January 2005 - 4:36 PM

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gravatar al - February 1, 2005 - 9:52 AM -

this isn't related to your post at all but, in feb04 you said you didn't understand wash d.c. license plates and the 'taxation w/o representation' bit. i guess this just reinforces my thoughts of u of m students, but that is neither here nor there. anyway, perhaps you have figured this out in the last year, but washingtonians are taxed without representation.

gravatar srah - February 1, 2005 - 10:35 AM -

Perhaps if you'd read the comments on the post you would have seen that it was all explained to me by people who have lived in DC. I don't know anything about Georgia's or Connecticut's state politics, either, having never lived in either of those places. It never occurred to me that a license plate would be used for political gripes when all of the others seem to celebrate things that the state is proud of.

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