Is it Shoe-in or Shoo-in?

Dear Readers,

I pride myself on having a decent grasp of the ins and outs of American English. Words are my friends. Family mythology has me reciting the Declaration of Independence before I could walk. (In actuality, it was the Pledge of Allegiance, still an accomplishment for a ten-month-old, but my maternal grandmother insisted it was the Declaration of Independence. She thought I was much more precocious than I was).

So why, at the advanced age of 65 did I not know that the phrase “shoe-in” is, instead, “shoo-in?”

The grammar program on my computer flagged the term “shoe-in” and I ignored the warning. But the red mark on the screen bugged me until I finally googled the phrase.

I’ll be darned.

Be honest, now—haven’t you always thought it was “shoe-in?” Surely I’m not the only one.

I figure these would be a shoe-in, right?

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

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