Tuesday, October 26, 2010


There is no such word in English as scruffle; make it scuffle. As a verb, scuffle means ‘to have a short fight that is not very violent’ (Longman).

Speakers sometimes inadvertently blend words when they cannot remember them accurately or are not careful. I had a university lecturer who said she once referred to somebody as portulent, when she had meant to say either corpulent or portly — but not both at the same time.

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