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Flouttery will get you Flutes

Writing today, I came across the need to use the word “flout.” To be sure I wasn’t making the old “flout-flaunt” mixup that is so common, I checked the dictionary and found that the word “flout” — which means to mock, show contempt for, or

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Two Telling (Too Telling?) Appeals

I got two letters in the mail today, both asking for me to “act” and to “do my part.” Both were from local political organizations. And that is about all they had in common. I’ve put the text of these two letters below, side by