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Sunday, 4 June 2006
Husk vs. husky
Mood:  irritated
Maybe I'm just really old school, but I'm very annoyed by fan fiction writers who misuse the word "husk". A husk is

1. The outer membranous or green envelope of some fruits or seeds, as that of a walnut or an ear of corn.
2. A shell or outer covering, especially when considered worthless.
3. A framework serving as a support.

None of this fits the usual misuse, ie, "'Oh my darling', she husked."

Nope.

What these writers probably mean is husky, as in:

1. Hoarse or rough in quality: a voice husky with emotion.

Both definitions from The American Heritage? Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright ? 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Yes, I'm picking nits again, and I'm quite sure I've misused words before and shall do so in the future. But this is just driving me crazy!

The irritated bard,
JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 6:19 PM CDT

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