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Gel or jell

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Gomer, Nov 8, 2007.


When referring to a team coming together as a cohesive unit, which word is correct?

  1. Gel

    6 vote(s)
  2. Jell

    17 vote(s)
  1. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    Tonight's newsroom debate: gel or jell?

    I was certain it was gel but my co-worker says jell when talking about a team coming together.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

  3. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Jell. Look it up.
  4. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Yep. When in doubt, consult your local dictionary:

    Jell: to take shape and achieve distinctness; become cohesive.
    Gel: a gelatinous preparation used in styling hair.
  5. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    Much appreciated... three is all I need to realize I'm wrong, especially with deadline looming.
  6. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    Oh, and I did consult the dictionary on my desk... which didn't have an entry for gel and didn't show jell as anything but gelatinous substances congealing.

    SportsJournalists.com to the rescue ;)
  7. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    OK, who's the dumbass who voted for "gel"?
  8. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Well, that should've tipped you off, huh? ;)
  9. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    Well, me, of course. I honestly never knew that I was wrong all these years. Sad that no editor ever corrected it.

    Buck, my dictionary is a 2002 Webster's. I take it m-w.com is the gold standard of online dictionaries?

    Thanks again all.
  10. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Oh ... yeah. I guess I'm the dumbass now, huh? You're not the only person who screws this one up, Gomer, so don't sweat it. Now you know, and you won't do it again. But I think you should look into a new dictionary.
  11. Well, Golllllly.
  12. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I use that online dictionary several times a day, you know, since I have trouble with big words. It truly is a gift from God, and it beats the hell out of walking to the other side of the room for a dictionary.
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