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Don’t “Riffle” Through Things With a “Rifle”


How many times have I seen or read that someone “rifled through” something? Too many times. I’ve probably been guilty of this one, too.

We all know rifle. It’s a weapon. It also means “to plunder and steal.”

It does not mean “to rapidly look through.” That’s a different word: riffle. It’s pronounced RIFF-ul. Short i.

So no more using a gun to quickly go through someone’s papers, not even if you’re a robber.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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November 17, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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