A Shoo-In Has Nothing To Do With Your Feet

Certainty is enjoyable. It's wonderful to be able to describe an expected result as a 'shoo-in'. Don't ruin the moment by spelling it incorrectly and writing 'shoe-in'.

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Here is the definition of shoo-in from the Macquarie Dictionary:

shoo-in a certainty to win a competition, election etc. [from earlier US shoo-in a fixed horse race]

Despite the racing connection, there's no connection between 'shoo-in' and 'horseshoe', and assuming there is will only lead you to use the wrong version. So learn the correct spelling. Accuracy matters.

Lifehacker's Mind Your Language column offers bossy advice on improving your writing.


    This might help...

    "The term uses the verb shoo, which means to urge something in a desired direction, usually by waving one’s arms."


    Well - Don't leave us hanging Angus, what IS the origin of "Shoo-in" if it doesn't relate to shoes?
    I'm not going to sleep tonight now!

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