Wrong Word Wednesday #56

Every week I demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the word intended. Usually, this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence and sometimes it sounds amusing, other times it sounds embarrassing. Unfortunately, the mistake is so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television.

Broach / Brooch

Two rarely used words and perhaps because of that, it is easy to confuse them and wonder whether you have the correct spelling. One is a verb and one is a noun.

Broach – to bring something up (broach the subject) or to break through or pierce (the enemy lines were broached and they collapsed soon afterwards)

Brooch – a clasp or pin, often used to fasten cloaks or old-fashioned dresses.

Many years ago when I was at uni and was reading some papers on Anglo-Saxon brooches, I reminded myself of the difference by thinking of a pin going through the two holes of oo on an Anglo-Saxon cape.


5 thoughts on “Wrong Word Wednesday #56

  1. As I understood it you may broach a barrel, but must breach a line. A broach is incidently a spike or spit, for making a hole, too.

    1. Ah, breech / breach! that’s another one I can add to my list.

  2. good work… no “like” button on your blog?

    1. Thanks!, I switched *likes* off several years ago. I feel the function is often abused by a plague of what I call Like Spammers (click here for an explanation).

  3. Great, thanks this was helpful!

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