shoe-in vs. shoo-in

I have a love/hate relationship with finding errors in books. Love spotting something wrong, hate the mistake exists in the first place. A recent crime again grammar was “shoe-in.” Really, shouldn’t the author, editor, beta reader, proofreader—someone, anyone—have caught it? It’s shoo-in, people. Never shoe-in.

This is not another home in vs. hone in or historic vs. historical. For once, Google backs me up, although I wasn’t aware its meaning was originally derived from horse racing.

noun: shoo-in; plural noun: shoo-ins
  1. a person or thing that is certain to succeed, especially someone who is certain to win a competition.
    “he was a shoo-in for re-election”
1930s: from the earlier use of the term denoting the winner of a rigged horse race.



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