The second time around…

October 8, 2010

Susan Boyle’s upcoming “Gift” already a best-seller

gbu boyle 220The singer’s sophomore effort reached the top spot Wednesday (September 22) in its second day as a pre-order, officially kicking off what Amazon director of music Craig Pape described as “the season of Susan” for the online retailer.

Why not suggest your writers use the internet to check vocabulary? The use of “sophomore” (the term ‘sophomoric’ is used as a synonym for ‘uneducated’) in the recent article on Susan Boyle is incorrect.


The word was used correctly. It means the second of something, and the online dictionary even gives as an example, “Their sophomore album was even better than their first.”

Having said that, this is an example of being complicated when simple would be better. Every reader, even the sophomoric ones, would have understood if the writer had just called it her second effort: GBU Editor

Scottish singer Susan Boyle performs after a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow September 16, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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