The Poet Who Would Rhyme Orange

“I’m so happy I could try rhyming orange,” said the dancy one, young and bodacious. Going west from Porridge, he tried sponge. He cut out his tongue, showed rare courage, ranged “far and wee.” Eventually (it was 1953), he moved to Orange County, where he arranged his cottage with books near the sea and a…

Hypercorrect

Category: Linguistic Etiquette. Answer: Hypercorrect. Question: What is so right, it’s wrong? On Jeopardy last night, Alex Trebek, the natty host of the popular game show in which three contestants vie for cash by buzzing first then questioning correctly to a given answer, pronounced Don Juan, “Don Joo-on,” quickly clarifying (no doubt so the phone didn’t ring…