John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

Word stuff: Rowel

rowel \ROWL\

to goad with or as if with a pointed disk at the end of a spur,  vex, trouble

   The noun "rowel" names the circular, point-covered disk on the end of a spur that is used to urge powerful steeds to maximum speeds. But cowboys didn't invent rowels; knights in shining armor were sporting them even before the 12th century. English speakers of yore picked up the noun "rowel" from the Anglo-French "roele," meaning "small wheel." By the end of the 1500s, "rowel" was also being used as a verb for any process of prodding or goading that was as irritating as being poked in the side with a rowel.

William Saffires Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive.
The passive voice should never be used.
Do not put statements in the negative form.
Verbs has got to agree with their subjects.
Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal
of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
A writer must not shift your point of view.
And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences,
as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.

 Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
 If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nounsin their writing.
Always pick on the correct idiom.
The adverb always follows the verb.
Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.
Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
Avoid annoying alliteration.
Don’t verb nouns.
Don’t use no double negatives.
Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.
When dangling, watch your participles.
Don’t use commas, which aren’t necessary.
Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
About those sentence fragments.
Try to not ever split infinitives.
Its important to use apostrophe’s correctly.
Always read what you have written to see if you’ve any words out.
Correct spelling is esential.
Proofread you writing.
Between you and I, case is important.
Verbs has to agree with their antecedents.