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Flack vs. flak

A flack is someone who talks up his or her employer. Flak is (1) antiaircraft artillery, and (2) excessive or abusive criticism.

Summons and summonses

Summons is a singular noun meaning a call by an authority to appear or to do something. It’s most often used in legal contexts for notice summoning a defendant or witness to appear in court. Despite the s at the end, summons functions like any other singular noun—for example: Evansville police said they will see that a court summons is issued for a man who they say was too drunk to go to jail early Sunday. [Evansville Courier & Press] …

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