Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Answer to Yesterday’s "Quick Quiz"

To make sense of this post, you need to first read the previous one, which lays out the context in which PBS panelist Susan Davis of USA Today used fuselage when she meant a similar sounding but completely different word.

There is no question that the word she had in mind was fusillade, the definition for which is: 1. a discharge of firearms, either simultaneously or in quick succession. 2. something resembling a fusillade; a vigorous or rapid outpouring of something.

By substituting fusillade for fuselage, her sentence “(Senator Dick Lugar) was hit by a fusillade of negative attack ads…” makes perfect sense.

Incidentally, fusillade was featured in the January, 2009, edition of my “Words of the Month.” Click here to review my nine examples illustrating its use.

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