Thursday, June 5, 2008

Words That Should Get a Divorce (One in an occasional series on words whose relationships have grown tired)

treasure and trove

This trove goes beyond typical codependent words such as the pomp in pomp and circumstance.

Webster's New World demonstrates why trove is the ultimate second-class citizen of the word world. Not only is it attached to treasure with a hyphen -- treasure-trove -- but it doesn't even retain its own definition. Of trove, Webster's says only, "short for treasure-trove." As such, it's barely clinging to life.

I say we put it out of its misery.

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