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Old 09-09-2006, 02:02 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Franca View Post
I have only ever heard one person use "reticent" in place of "reluctant" and she's not representative - she's a friend of mine who confuses many words, and I haven't the heart to correct her. She's dyslexic and had a hard time in school even though she's quite intelligent.
President Bush did it a few weeks ago, in a prominent sound-byte moment — something like “I’ve never been reticent to go after terrorists,” something like that.

And then just the other day, someone on Morning Edition — maybe even Scott Simon, of whom I expect better — made that error.

Convince for persuade is too common even to note.

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