In the last few days I’ve seen both “whet your whistle” and “wet your appetite,” and neither is correct. Most people’s lips don’t need to be any sharper, and appetites aren’t aroused by giving them a good soaking. Here’s how to keep wet and whet in their proper places.
I have no idea how a conversation about card tricks turned in a more lewd direction, but to elude that road, I alluded to Houdini’s ability to illude his audience. I had deluded myself into thinking the discussion would safely follow suit. That’s right: I was deluded to think I could elude the lewdness with an allusion to illusion.
Just in case such a -lude word trick works for you sometime, here are the cards you’ll need in your hand:
We love to take apart big speeches. Was Obama’s inaugural address scrutinized fairly or peevishly nitpicked? Also in today’s News Roundup: FT is going digital first, Wordnik’s parent is growing its digital offerings, examining Twitter publishing methods, and untangling wigs.
It’s a new year. What measurements will help you run your business best, freelancers? Also in today’s News Roundup: compared to vs compared with; how to say no; unusual words in The Wall Street Journal; and proving an argument with personal preference.
Although having hair of any kind might be a luxury for some, in general, luxuriant is the word you’re looking for to describe thick, healthy hair. Or anything else particularly prolific, lush, or abundant. Luxurious is best reserved for things that are expensive, elegant, opulent—think of a luxurious hotel or spa.