Chicago Style Workout 38: Word Usage, Part 8

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Rack ’em!

This month’s workout, “Word Usage, Part 8,” returns to our “Glossary of Problematic Words and Phrases” in section 5.250 of CMOS 17. This time we’re focusing on words beginning with the letters r as in “rack” through s as in “straight.”

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Chicago Style Workout 38: Word Usage, Part 8

1. rack; wrack. I’ve been _____ my brains trying to come up with the answer.
2. recur; reoccur. The leak _____ during the second big rain.
3. refute. The defendant vehemently refuted the allegations against him, crying, “I didn’t do it!”
4. rein; reign. Their hosts gave them free _____ to plunder the contents of the refrigerator.
5. shear; sheer. We stood at the edge of a ____ cliff.
6. sight; site. The _____, once home to a shopping mall, has been turned into an open-air market.
7. since. Since I’m a golfer, I know what “double bogey” means.
8. sink. The ship ­­­­­_____ in uncharted waters.
9. spit. He has ___ many a curse.
10. strait; straight. We were in dire ____.


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