Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Miscellaneous Entries.

Miscellaneous Entries. toxicology; toxology. “Toxicology” = the science of poisons. “Toxology” = the branch of knowledge dealing with archery. tradable. So spelled — not “tradeable.” trademark; tradename. Today in American English, “tradenames” identify businesses; “trademarks” identify goods produced by or services provided by businesses. Each term is now preferably written as one word. traffic, v.i., forms the participles “trafficking” and “trafficked,” and the agent noun is “trafficker.” But the adjective is “trafficable.” trammel (= to bind, shackle, or otherwise restrain) makes “trammeled” and “trammeling” in American English, “trammelled” and “trammelling” in British English. tranquillity; *tranquility. The two spellings are about equally common. But “tranquillity” has long been considered the standard spelling, and *”tranquility” a variant form. This despite the spelling *”tranquility” in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. *Invariably inferior form. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: No one is boring who will tell the truth about himself. Quentin Crisp, Resident Alien: The New York Diaries 9 (1996).
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