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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Clinch or cinch?

Do you say clinch or cinch? I realize there's a place for clinch, and I think I know the definition, but I'm going to confess right off the bat, I mostly say cinch. I mean, I don't usually take the opportunity to say clinch.

For example, I say, "he won his lawsuit in a cinch." Or, "he has enough delegates to cinch the nomination."

I realize I'm probably wrong. And, I should be embarrassed. But, being wrong about so many things that I was so sure about for so long is becoming more and more common the older I get. I'm getting used to it.

A Google search of the words Obama and clinch turns up a possible 1,430,000 results; whereas, a search of Obama and cinch turns up only 227,000 results. This probably isn't the benchmark for determining proper usage, but I'm convinced. From now on, it's clinch all over the place.

Posted by Marie at June 3, 2008 10:21 PM


It's possible that one could have said earlier today that "It's a cinch that Obama will clinch the nomination tonight".

Posted by: Dave at June 3, 2008 11:37 PM

It's becoming clearer how wrong I've been all these years.

Posted by: t-rexx at June 4, 2008 1:05 AM

Go with Dave.

I would never use these words interchangeably, but the excellent definitiiions in the American Heritage Dictionary suggests you can:
cinch and clinch.

Posted by: Dan at June 6, 2008 12:41 PM

Thanks, Dan. That's actually my favorite real life book form dictionary. But, I always forget about its online version.

I think my use of cinch probably started when I heard it on some 60s TV show where I apparently got most of my education. Gee, Mr. Wilson, something something in a cinch.

Posted by: Marie at June 6, 2008 12:53 PM

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