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Old 08-19-2005, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default Arrant vs errant

Until recently, I don't recall seeing this switch, which seems to be always errant replacing arrant, and am wondering if it's sometimes the result of journalists retyping from tape and not recognising arrant. That's certainly the case in the latest incidence in our local daily paper, because I saw and heard the quote on the TV news last night, and the barrister concerned clearly said arrant.

Here's the quote in the printed press:

"What this demonstrates to me is the errant stupidity of the decision that problems of this nature should be covered up," he said. "It seems to me the clearest possible illustration of the harm that can be done when people in administration attempt to hide a mess."

and here's the full context.

I'm disappointed to see errant substituted for arrant, because while they're both good words, arrant is one of those gorgeously descriptive ones that just need to be preserved.

   
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