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    Actually ... This reminds me that every time I hear someone use the word jive, to refer to two things being in agreement or working smoothly together, that I think they probably mean, or are referencing the word jibe. Same for saying track instead of tack - coincidentally another sailing term - to mean path, especially a change in path and to be in accord along that path (or course or policy or means). But, while I might be correct about the word they are referencing (even if it's unknowingly), the fact is, the other word is a perfectly acceptable substitute. We can be on the same track, or the same tack. If two things jibe, they also jive. And so it is with quash and squash. Squash includes in it's definitions the idea of diminishing something to basically nothing. In fact, Websters co...see more »Actually ... This reminds me that every time I hear someone use the word jive, to refer to two things being in agreement or working smoothly together, that I think they probably mean, or are referencing the word jibe. Same for saying track instead of tack - coincidentally another sailing term - to mean path, especially a change in path and to be in accord along that path (or course or policy or means). But, while I might be correct about the word they are referencing (even if it's unknowingly), the fact is, the other word is a perfectly acceptable substitute. We can be on the same track, or the same tack. If two things jibe, they also jive. And so it is with quash and squash. Squash includes in it's definitions the idea of diminishing something to basically nothing. In fact, Websters considers them synonyms. After 19 years working with words (journalism) I've found that flexibility more often leads to better writing than rigidity (and few are more rigid than a newspaper copy editor with an imperative to orthodoxy).

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