Hell hath no fury like a funnel spurned:

“Skies over Stuttgart spurn tropical-air funnels”

“The sky over Stuttgart was ominous Monday with what appeared to be a tornado, but it was something different. What was seen was a tropical-air funnel. The National Weather Service says these are very similar to what forms water spouts over the Gulf of Mexico.”

Since the article was accompanied by a photograph of one of these funnels, I think we can assume that the skies over Stuttgart were spawning, not spurning, them.


More from the Book of Reveal:

“Fortunately, the actors’ credible chemistry holds our attention all the way to a gleefully random final reveal.”


A pair’s a crowd:

“Greg Cote of the Miami Herald on the celebrated pairing of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open: ‘Guys in all the other groups could play in their underwear and drink tequila on the greens for all anyone would notice.’ “

Strange way to pick a starting pitcher:

“It has been a tough week for Cobb, who left the team after starting Monday night’s game against Boston due to the death of his grandmother.”


Haye Porter writes:

“If he doesn’t mow his lawn pretty quick, I’m going to challenge my neighbor to a fight. Is it the gantlet or the gamut I’m supposed to throw down?”

Neither, actually. Mr. Porter is so angry he can’t think straight. Rather than throwing things, he should invite his neighbor over for a beer and see if they can talk this out.

A gantlet is a kind of ordeal or punishment. One runs a gantlet. What gets thrown as an invitation to a duel is a gauntlet, a kind of glove. There’s a trend to use gauntlet in all cases, a trend helped along by a 1977 Clint Eastwood movie, “The Gauntlet.” Garner’s Modern American Usage says you should resist (although Clint is a pretty big guy).

One can also run the gamut, in a different context. A gamut is a full range or extent: “The leading lady ran the gamut of emotions.”