Mighty Red Pen

April 12, 2012

Your usage is delinquent: access vs. assess

Filed under: Spellbound,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 7:27 pm
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H/t to my West Coast correspondent for sending this little tidbit.

Okay, here’s the deal: If someone is late making a payment, you may assess (M-W: “to subject to a tax, charge, or levy”) a fine.

If you are uncertain about whether you have the correct word, you may need to access (M-W: “to get at”) your dictionary.

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