Sunday, July 1, 2012

gamut/gauntlet: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Sunday, July 1, 2012

To “run a gamut” or “run the gamut” is to go through the whole scale or spectrum of something. To “run the gauntlet” (also “gantlet”) is to run between two lines of people who are trying to beat you. And don’t confuse “gamut” with “gambit,” a play in chess, and by extension, a tricky maneuver of any kind.

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