Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This Week: Book Sale Continues! Plus, More on the Language of Politics on the Podcast + capital/capitol

A “capitol” is almost always a building. Cities which serve as seats of government are capitals spelled with an A in the last syllable, as are most other uses of the word as a common noun. The only exceptions are place names alluding to capitol buildings in some way or other, like “Capitol Hill” in DC, Denver, or Seattle (the latter named either after the hill in Denver or in hopes of attracting the Washington State capitol building). Would it help to remember that Congress with an O meets in the Capitol with another O?


On the podcast this week, we pick up our discussion of words related to government and politics. This week we find out the origin of the word “veto,” talk of filibustering and reconciliation, and more.

Book sale! Through the end of the year, buy the Common Errors in English Usage book now for $15 with free shipping in the US.

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