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New(s) from the Word Front

Today, some random dispatches from the Word Front.

--Tough To Swallow: Have you ever noticed that the pronunciations of some words bear almost no relation to their spelling? How, for instance, would you pronounce "victuals," meaning "supplies ...

Getting Obsessive About Double Possessive

Q. Which is correct: "He's a friend of Bill" or "He's a friend of Bill's"? -- Joe Summers, Lawrenceville, N.J.

If Hillary Clinton runs for president, this could become a very common question.

Strict grammarians condemn "a friend of Bill's" as ...