Am I getting more cautious or just older and nearing Alzheimer’s? 

I find myself more and more checking the spelling and meaning of words at The latest example came when I wanted to e-mail a couple of friends about catching a baseball that went into the stands at a game I attended.

On one e-mail I wrote about catching a "fowl ball," but by the time I got to the second missive, I was scratching my head, so I looked up fowl and foul. Foul was the clear winner, but the momentary confusion is what had me worried. 

I had clearly caught a foul ball and not a bird. I guess as time wears on me, it becomes clearer why people have such a hard time with the English language.

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