First, a rare serious moment: Please don’t give your children sparklers. 2000 degrees, people. Quite frankly, they’re safer playing with a box of matches, but you don’t let them do that, do you? Those snap-and-glow neon sticks that are dirt cheap at Walmart are just as fun—they glow in funky colors, leave a light trail enough for a child to write his/her name in the dark and won’t kill or disfigure him/her.
Okay. Serious, contemplative Shan pulls crappy traffic, so let’s move on.
What am I doing today? I’m obsessing about raccoons.
See, during the post-self-editing spellcheck—see, Angie, I listen—Word kept flagging racoon and telling me to replace it with raccoon. That didn’t look right to me, but I figured it’s that same “cc” thing as in brocolli/broccolli/broccoli/whatever. Then Charli commented on the raccoons without the second “c”. Because that still looked right to me, I went in search of an answer. Unfortunately, they’re both correct.
Anybody know if there’s a consensus among NY editors on the correct spelling of racoon/raccoon?
Furry woodland creatures are holding up my submission. (Well, that and the fact I realized late last night the damn post office is closed today.)
Dunkin Donuts better be open. Just sayin’.