enquiry, inquiry

 inquiry art

By ANDREA PARKE

The same meaning for both? Not so, the true pedant says.

Enquiry: Your neighbor tells you he is taking a two-weeks vacation abroad and will visit ten or two famous cities. Your jovial enquiry is: “Do you really expect to see anything on that schedule, or will you just bring back traffic reports?”

Inquiry: This can be a searching and exhaustive action – an official investigation of a crime, one that does not end until some murderous or brutal tragedy has been solved.

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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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