Editorial comment ///

I saw a soldier on TV last week use the word cache, saying, “We found a cash-ay of weapons.” His common mispronunciation was immediately forgiven: He had more pressing things on his mind. Shortly thereafter, I heard some movie star pronounce it the same way, saying, “That bling-bling jewelry really gives Snoop Dog a certain cash-ay.” Of course, cache is pronounced “cash,” and cachet is a completely different word. I apologize for the above to most of you reading this - I don’t mean to patronize. It’s just that I had trouble remembering how cachet was spelled. To borrow an old, one-line joke, in this sense, the word patronize means to talk down to someone, as when explaining something that they already know quite well. This month, we’ll venture into the highly charged subject of electric cars. It appears that electric-powered cars, after nearly a hundred years of development, are finally ready for prime time.

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