Let’s not grizzle too much as we try to bear up in grisly times

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A WORD IN THE HAND: GRIZZLE

Let’s not grizzle too much as we try to bear up in grisly times

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

In a recent communique from a published author, I was surprised to read the phrase “a grizzly discovery”. The discovery had to do with old bones and what the writer meant, of course, was “grisly”.

It is comforting to know that even the most worthy of wordsmiths can make mistakes, which is why publishers employ editors, and even these exalted beings can occasionally be fallible. 

The writer in question would not be the first person to confuse grizzly with grisly. The words are homophones, which means they sound the same, but are spelt differently and mean different things...

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