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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (May 25, 2009)

A Colleague with a Brogue

Did you know that English has only 15 words that always end in "gue"? Some are common. The word fatigue is used frequently (especially these crazy days!); and, of course, we all have a tongue in our mouths.

Less commonly used words include meringue (a fluffy concoction made from whipped egg whites) and harangue (an loud and forceful way of responding to something you don't like).

Interestingly, there are words, like catalogue, that can sometimes be spelled catalog. Consult your dictionary to see the variations for yourself!

By the way, I have no colleague with a brogue (an Irish accent).

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