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Hurdle vs. Hurtle

May 2014
Spot the Error

Scientists have detected a massive asteroid hurdling through space, rapidly approaching Earth.

Here’s my interpretation of the “asteroid” sentence above.

Hurdling asteroid

Now that’s a hurdling asteroid!

Fans of track and field know that to hurdle means to leap over; it also means to overcome. So asteroids don’t hurdle, they hurtle. Hurtle means to move at great speed or to throw with great force.

Think of it this way … you’ve got a linear spectrum of speed with HURTLE (fast) at one end and TURTLE (slow) at the other end. Hurtle, turtle … fast, slow. You get the picture.

~ Special thanks to my son Chase for his hurdling asteroid.

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