ax vs ask : Common Errors in English

About ax vs ask

The dialectical pronunciation of “ask” as “ax” suggests to most people that the speaker has a substandard education. You should avoid it in formal speaking situations.

ax Meaning(s)

  • (n) an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
  • (v) chop or split with an ax
  • (v) terminate

ask Meaning(s)

  • (v) inquire about
  • (v) make a request or demand for something to somebody
  • (v) direct or put; seek an answer to
  • (v) consider obligatory; request and expect
  • (v) address a question to and expect an answer from
  • (v) require as useful, just, or proper
  • (v) require or ask for as a price or condition

ax in News

  1. Journalist fights to keep secret sources on Colorado theater shooting

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Fox News reporter who is being asked to reveal her anonymous sources in a story about last summer's shooting at a Denver-area movie theater asked a New York appeals court on Wednesday to quash a subpoena requiring her to appear in Colorado court. Jana Winter, a New York-based journalist, cited two unnamed law enforcement sources in reporting that ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Factbox: Nine cases of Americans indicted for media leaks

    By David Ingram and Joseph Ax (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are increasingly seizing on an anti-espionage law to pursue Americans suspected of divulging government secrets to the press, a major shift in the use of a 1917 law that was designed to stop leaks to America's enemies. Nine times in U.S. history, all of them since 1971, federal prosecutors have brought charges under the Espionage Act for ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. 'Ax Men' company facing foreclosure

    SUPERIOR, Wis. - An urban logging company featured on the History Channel's "Ax Men" series has three months to find a buyer before its forest, the Old Globe grain elevator, goes to a sheriff's sale.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Fargo Forum

ask in News

  1. Ask Matt: Thrones Unspoiled, Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Orphan Black

    Ask Matt: Thrones Unspoiled, Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Orphan Black Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 7:06 am, Monday, June 10, 2013 (Although with Thrones, I read the first three books years before HBO began filming them, so I knew what was coming - and in ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source:

  2. 'Ask Aaron' live chat begins at 2 p.m.

    Today, we'll be talking immigration, Edward Snowden, NSA and about the Senate races in Massachusetts and New Jersey, along with anything else you care to ask about.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Washington Post

  3. Ask a cop: Are security systems worth the money?

    Have you ever wanted to ask a cop a question but were either intimidated or had warrants? Well now is your chance to ask a question through the safety of the Internet. This week, Officer Anonymous covers security systems and burglary prevention.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: KSL Salt Lake City

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