As Lewis Carroll's Alice observed, if you drink from a bottle marked "poison," it is almost certain to disagree with you sooner or later. But what about venom or a toxin? Today we'll take a look at these three terms and figure out what makes them different from one another.( With the help of the cast from Star Trek: The Original Series )
( Who gives a hoot about moot? )
Today's set of easily confused words is as mellifluous as it is puzzling. We'll try to clarify the situation with the help of the Knight of Lost Words, October ("Toby") Daye, and her friends.( All right, let's go! )
First, let’s start with some definitions...
( appraise/apprise, with examples from Steven Universe and Star Trek (2009) )
Tune in next week for another set of Commonly Confused Words!
(The Star Trek example is shamelessly borrowed from Deastar’s marvelous So Wise We Grow.)
( Click on this cut for illumination on these two idioms. )
( This won’t hurt—too much. Let’s get started, shall we? )
This week I'll be looking at the origin of the word rigmarole, and what it means today.
( John and Harold, from Person of Interest, will go through the rigmarole of finding an answer. )
Speaking of which, this week’s food-oriented idioms inspire hunger of a different sort: “half a loaf is better than no bread” and “the bread always falls butter side down.” Let’s satisfy our hunger for knowledge below the cut:
( First up is "half a loaf is better than no bread": )
( How do you prove your puddings? )
( What is your price? )
( The horror begins just under the cut: )
( Gifts all around! )
( Let’s click on the cut and see what we’re made of! )