Thursday, March 12, 2015

tact/tack: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, March 12, 2015

The expression “take a different tack” has nothing to do with tactfulness and everything to do with sailing, in which it is a direction taken. One tacks—abruptly turns—a boat. To “take a different tack” is to try another approach.
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