I referred to my car’s “glove compartment”. Glove compartment is really hanging in there. I tried to think of something better, but ended up just wanting to put some gloves in there to satisfy the automotive nomenclature.
The Resident Expert asked for guidance on a grammar question. What’s the rule for ending words with -ent or -ant? I didn’t know, but proceeded to ramble on for a short while on the topic. I just checked it out, for some Friday lunch time fun, and there are rules – seemingly written by a madman; use -ant or -ance when “root ends in hard C or G”, “root ends in -ure”, “begins with A”, and a whole bunch more. The first Web site I found recommended memorizing the spelling of all these words, or using a spell checker. Not too helpful, I thought at first. But that’s about all we can do in this situation. Before sending us to the spell checker they said, “in a priority list for English spelling reform, the spellings -ence and -ance, -ent and -ant, surely deserve a place near the top.” Agreed.