What’s in a Word?

What’s in a Word?  Or, Why the Dictionary is Your Friend

By Ken K. Gourdin

I just posted the following regarding a post on the Utah Jazz blog at SLTrib.com:

From the article: “They may have already found a few in the likes of Elijah Millsap and Joe Ingles. General Manager Dennis Lindsey wouldn’t bulk [sic] at finding more pieces to add to the core.”

This is twice I’ve said this now (and counting???) The word you’re looking for is “balk.” (A few weeks back, you wrote about someone on the roster (Hayward, I think) who had a “bulky” back.) Yes, “bulk” and “bulky” are words, but overwhelmingly, the first is used as a noun, meaning “considerable size or girth,” and the second is an adjective referring to that quality. Simply put, if something is bulky, it is big. But again, the word you’re looking for is “balk.”

Dictionary.com, s.v. “bulk”: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bulk?s=t

Dictionary.com, s.v. “bulky”: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bulky?s=t

Dictionary.com, s.v. “balk”: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/balk?s=t

Dictionary.com, s.v. “balky”: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/balky?s=t

I’m sure you’ve covered football, Mr. Jones.  In that case, not a few of the players you have written about have been “bulky.”  Likewise, I’m sure you’ve covered baseball, so you’re familiar with the illegal play known as a “balk.”  Perhaps that will help you remember the difference.


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Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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