earmarks vs hallmark : Common Errors in English

About earmarks vs hallmark

The distinguishing cuts made into an animal’s ear are its earmarks. They work like brands to mark ownership. Originally gold and silver articles assayed at Goldsmith’s Hall in London received a “Hall-Mark” to certify them as genuine. In modern usage “earmarks” and “hallmark” are used in many other contexts and mean pretty much the same thing, except that we say “it has all the earmarks” of someone or something, and a certain characteristic is “the hallmark” of someone or something. Although a great many people pluralize this expression too, traditionally an item can have only one hallmark.We speak today of parts of bills being earmarked when legislators set aside certain expenditures in them for particular purposes which benefit the legislators' own constituency. They lay claim to public resources just as a shepherd would earmark a sheep to lay claim to it. Note that no one hallmarks a bill. If we said a bill bore Senator Blowhard’s hallmark, we would mean that it bore some characteristic pattern by which we could recognize his influence on it.

hallmark Meaning(s)

  • (n) a distinctive characteristic or attribute
  • (n) a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity

earmarks in News

  1. Edward Snowden And The Obama Agenda

    As the world was first introduced to Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former NSA contractor and source of the biggest intelligence leak in NSA history, Glenn Beck tweeted, “I think I have just read about the man for which I have waited. Earmarks of a real hero.”
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Forbes

  2. Corps official: Costly Coralville Lake flood study may not be necessary

    Federal budget cuts and a congressional ban on earmarks have hindered efforts to get funding for an Iowa reservoir study that officials say could reduce costly flooding. Although the Army Corps of Engineers proposed the $4.7 million study, a local Corps official calls the plan exorbitant and said it may not be necessary to change [...]
    on June 9, 2013 Source: The Gazette

hallmark in News

  1. Independent Adoption Center to be Featured On Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family”

    Staff and clients from the open adoption agency IAC will be featured on an episode of Hallmark Channel’s Daytime Emmy® nominated lifestyle series “Home & Family” Airing Friday June 14th 10:00 a.m. - Noon ET/ PT 9:00 a.m. CT. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10829609.htm
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Hallmark Channel’s ‘Cedar Cove’ To Premiere July 20

    Hallmark Channel today announced that its first primetime series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove will debut Saturday, July 20 at 8 PM. Andie MacDowell stars in the series based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove book series. MacDowell plays Judge Olivia Lockhart, whose Cedar Cove Municipal Court is where the town’s surprises and hidden secrets are unveiled. Dylan Neal plays Jack Griffith, the new editor of ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Deadline Hollywood

  3. Julie's Hallmark to close June 29

    Verna Ussery and her mom, Julie, are living out a very long Hallmark Moment.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Baxter Bulletin

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