rank, rancid

rank art

By LAWRENCE FELLOWS
A cigar or a piece of cheese may be rank if it smells strong enough. The same goes for butter in some countries.
For people in India, Ethiopia and some other places, butter is melted, skimmed, evaporated, strained, spiced and aged, and the stronger the smell and taste the better — up to a point.
Until that point, the butter is rank. Beyond that point, the butter is rancid, and should be thrown out, no matter how hard you work on achieving just the right smell.

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The Writer's Stylebook is a unique collaboration between two former journalists -- my father, Lawrence, and me. Mr. Fellows, an impassioned wordsmith and journalist of long standing, created the original Stylebook, which he distributed to Connecticut newspapers and worked on for over a decade until his death 16 years ago. In 2003, the Connecticut Press Club published "Wordwatch: A Writer's Guide to Linguistic Distinctions," a compendium of nearly 300 of my father's word features. Unfortunately, that book is out of print and my father's features have been languishing in the attic of our family home in Westport -- until now. With the blessing of my mother, Ruth, I'm reviving the Stylebook and putting it online in the hope that it will find new readers. I think there's a need for a lively, illustrated guide to words and word usages that isn't wordy -- especially in today's fast-paced world!

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