Ordinance vs. Ordnance

by Heather

Lexical Vexations

ordinance n. a municipal regulation.

ordnance n. military supplies, esp. artillery

Word in the Wild: If you’re researching your next move and the city’s website keeps mentioning various municipal ordnances, you may want to consider moving somewhere a little safer. Perhaps a municipality with an ordinance against the use of heavy artillery?

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