leaching vs. leeching

Leaching has to do with ground and soil and percolation and chemicals.

Leeching is bloodletting with slimy critters.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer got it wrong. (But no doubt it will be changed now that I’ve mentioned it, so I’m not going to link.) My favorite is the Waukesha Freeman reporter who circumvented the whole pitfall by using “leaking.”

Whew. I feel so much better now. 🙂