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"Sprightly" (= [1] lively, airy; or [2] zesty, esp. spicy, in flavor) is subject to the mischievous misspelling *"spritely" -- e.g.:

o "Will she end up a bitter, washed-up star a la Baby Jane, psychologically torturing her spritely [read 'sprightly'] sis Jamie-Lynn? Let's recap Britney's recent bizarre behavior." Tamara Ikenberg, "Not So 'Lucky,'" Courier-J. (Louisville), 10 Mar. 2007, at S4.

o "Jesse Aarons (Josh Hutcherson, 'Kicking and Screaming') is in middle-school hell. He's bullied in class and ignored at home. Enter Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'), a spritely [read 'sprightly'] new student with an enchanting perspective on life despite being treated as an outsider herself." "This 'Bridge' Is Best Uncovered," Boston Herald, 17 June 2007, Edge §, at 32.

o "This is when you want to reach for one of the stalwarts of the California wine trade. . . . Also consider the spritely [read 'sprightly'] Firehose 2006 California Off-Dry Riesling ($9), a new release from Trinchero Family Estate in Napa Valley." Mike Dunne, "Good Deals to Pair with Your Backyard Meals," Sacramento Bee, 21 May 2008.

Quotation of the Day “Some of the most difficult-to-write and most detailed definitions any dictionary contains are those for some of the most common words in the language: nouns like 'man' and 'paper,' verbs like 'shoot' and 'start,' and adjectives like 'new' and 'nice,' and the articles, prepositions, and auxiliaries.” Kenneth G. Wilson, Van Winkle’s Return 35 (1987).
Source: Garner's Modern American Usage

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