Lists: Leap words

February 28, 2008: Issue 228

With February 29 looming, let’s look at leap and some synonymous terms.

The preferred past tense of leap is leaped (not leapt):
He leaped at the chance to update the back deck.
With new appliances, the kitchen leaped into the 21st century.

Jump start is two words as a noun, hyphenated as a verb:
Early bloomers give this garden a jump start.
Jump-start your healthy day with herbal tea and low-fat applesauce muffins.

Hyphenate compounds with hopping when it’s used in the sense of visiting:
They went museum-hopping for quilt pattern ideas.
Go department-hopping to find the numbered frogs and win a prize at Friday’s party.

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