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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Broach, Brooch

To broach a topic is to bring it up for discussion: Now is the time to broach the subject. As a verb, broach also means "to open or enlarge a hole." The noun broach refers to a pointed tool which performs that operation.

A brooch, a decorative pin or clip, is nothing like a broach. But since they're often pronounced alike, and because ignorance never rests, some dictionaries accept broach as an alternative spelling of brooch.

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