"reticent" abuse

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Mon Sep 3 19:45:05 UTC 2007

What is it about "reticent" that draws so many people to misuse it?  Is it
that it /sorta sounds like/ "hesitant" and/or "reluctant" or maybe
"retiring"?  Marc Cooper, who oughta know better writes in the current
/Nation/ ..."candidates of both parties are reticent to write off the
Hawkeye State."   He does *not* mean they are keeping mum about their

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