Grammar Friday

Today’s two grammar tips:

  • On Christmas Day, I read a story in the Arizona Republic about how the city of Phoenix was trying to “squash” the First Amendment rights of a member of a panel trying to find a location for a new dog park. The fellow was posting online about the process, and the city asked him to stop because it might violate open meeting laws. I think the city was wrong in its position. I also think that all those quoted in the article should have been saying “quash,” not “squash.” “Quash” means to annul or to invalidate legally. “Squash” means to squeeze or to crush.
  • If you’re looking forward to something enthusiastically, you are eager for it to happen. If you are looking forward to something with dread, you are anxious about it.

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