I bet most of you have heard, “I want to read all the books in the library.” I have said it, maybe you have too. I no longer take it seriously out loud, but I remember as a kid going to the library for the first time and setting in motion a plan of going through the shelves one by one until all were read. I don’t think I got beyond the first shelf before I realized this is going to be huge. It was the last time I think I organized anything.
As an adult, I have much more mature goals. Now I want only to read cover to cover Oxford’s pocket edition of Fowler’s Modern English Usage. I am on page twelve. The words are accommodate, accommodation. Two of the most misspelled words in English. Did you know when the verb accommodate is followed by “to” it means “adapt” and when followed by “with” it means to “equip?”
Now that is worth almost all of the books in the library. Well, not quite, but I know you will accommodate me.