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“healthy” vs. “healthful”


Thanks to an excellent suggestion from "Maggie," responding to my Wiley Coyote call for help…


Both words ("healthy" and "healthful") are adjectives. But "healthy" refers to the condition of a person, an organization, or a relationship. "Healthful," on the other hand, describes activities, practices, or behavior that contribute to good health…a healthy person, for instance.



adjective ( healthier , healthiest )

in good health: : feeling fit and healthy.

( of a part of the body) not diseased : healthy cells.

indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health : a healthy appetite | a healthy balanced diet.

(of a person's attitude) sensible and well balanced : a healthy contempt for authority.

figurative in a good condition : the family is the basis of any healthy society.

desirable; beneficial : healthy competition.

of a satisfactory size or amount : making a healthy profit.





having or conducive to good health : healthful methods of cooking vegetables. 


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“axe” and “axing” vs. “ASK”


Common but ridiculous.

I thought that this mispronunciation originated with some rural black people in America. But a very smart friend of mine recently attended a women's program here in town, which he described as an "excruciating hour" where some of the panelists kept "axing" questions.

Does "axe" know no racial, gender, educational, or geographic boundaries, or is there some insidious undercurrent that makes vocal people — even highly educated people — talk like this?


The verb is "ASK".  "Axe" is a noun. Start talking like you have at least a minimum command of our chosen language…ENGLISH.


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