We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.
- La Rochefoucauld
When you spend your career in the newsroom, you get used to using words.
Those who use them well become celebrated writers and often pursue fame elsewhere with better hours and no-weekend work.
We jealously call them "wordsmiths," with its implication that they artistically shape precious metals.
More generally, newspaper writers are "word masons," piling word brick upon word brick and trying to keep everything level and in a straight line.
We figure if we get it all right and keep it together, the work will last.
What both styles have in common, however, are the words. They're common. They're rare. They're useful.
They're even fun, because they sometimes have different meanings.
MORE WORD QUESTIONS: Here are some standardized quiz questions for adults.
TODAY'S JOKE: A new employee on the road crew was given the job of painting the white lines down the middle of a highway.
On his first day he painted six miles; the next day three miles; the following day less than a mile.
The foreman asked the man why he kept painting less each day.
"I just can't do any better," he said. "Each day I keep getting farther away from the paint can."
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