Taught vs. Taut

Lexical Vexations

I found this lexical vexation in the book I’m working on at the moment. Could be it was just a typo, but since it has cropped up twice so far,  I thought I’d add it to our growing list of  vexations.

taught v. past tense form of to teach.

taut adj. tightly drawn, without slack.

Words in the Wild: Henry thought he’d taught Scribbles to walk properly on her lead, but she was charging ahead at such a pace that the leash was taut and he was pretty sure his arm was separating from his shoulder.

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