Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

July 1, 2011

Vaunt or Vault: Which Is It?


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

VAUNT OR VAULT: WHICH IS IT?

Los Alamos, N. M.—A wildfire that has been chewing up thousands of acres of land every day in New Mexico grew larger Thursday as fire officials remained hopeful that they could halt the spread of the blaze before it reached the town of Los Alamos and its vaunted nuclear lab. (non-italics mine).* 

     Vaunted? Don’t they mean vaulted?

     Or perhaps they do mean vaunted—one definition given is to Boast about or praise (something), esp. excessively: something has gone awry with the government’s much vaunted fight against crime**

     I’m not sufficiently knowledgeable that this definition applies (…Los Alamos bein a vaunted nuclear lab…)…has this nuclear lab had something go awry in the past that would make the adjective vaunted apply? Has the nuclear lab been excessively boasted about and praised?

     As I read the article, it seemed to me that in its context the word vaulted (3. a space, chamber, or passage enclosed by a vault or vaultlike structure, especially one located underground; 6. a strong metal cabinet, usually fireproof and burglarproof, for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, important papers, etc.***) would better apply, since the discussion is that fact that the nuclear lab is in harm’s way from a disastrous fire.

     So I ask, should the descriptive word in the newspaper be what I read, vaunt, to excessively brag, or should it have been vault, a fireproof and burglarproof storage and safekeeping of valuables, important papers, etc…?

 SOURCES

**Associated Press article printed in Greensburg Tribune-Review July 1, 2011, A8

** Dictionary.comAnswers.comMerriam-WebsterThe Free Dictionary

***http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vault

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