Monday, February 15, 2021

Play, do

[From the New Yorker website.]

This phrasing surprises me, but a quick search confirms that play is a common verb with crosswords. Still, it’s never occurred to me to play the crossword. I do it, or them. Maybe do sounds a little lowbrow to The New Yorker ?

[Google: “play the crossword,” 892,000 results; “do the crossword,” 1,330,000. The Google Ngram Viewer returns no results for “play the crossword.”]

comments: 2

Chris said...

I would have said "solve," but maybe that's too optimistic?

Michael Leddy said...

Yes. I wouldn't tempt fate that way.