Misused Words

Broach and Brooch

Broach, a verb, means to begin to talk about something.

The parents did not know how to broach the subject of sex with their children.

Brooch, a noun, is an ornamental pin that is usually worn by women on a garment.

The woman had a beautiful brooch on her dress.

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The chaperone was warned not to (broach, brooch) the subject of alcohol with the students.

(2) For her special occasion we gave Mother a (broach, brooch) containing the birthstones of her children.

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