wrangle vs wangle : Common Errors in English

About wrangle vs wangle

If you deviously manage to obtain something you wangle it: “I wangled an invitation to Jessica’s party by hinting that I would be inviting her to our house on the lake this summer.” But if you argue with someone, you wrangle with them: “Once I got to the party, Jessica’s attitude irritated me so much that we wound up wrangling constantly during it.” Of course cowboys wrangle cattle, and specialists wrangle other animal species in films.

wrangle Meaning(s)

  • (v) to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
  • (n) an angry dispute
  • (n) an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
  • (v) herd and care for

wangle Meaning(s)

  • (v) achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
  • (n) an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
  • (v) tamper, with the purpose of deception

wrangle in News

  1. Brennan Rocks the Boat With Deputy CIA Pick

    Let’s say you’re the newly appointed head of the CIA and you’re plotting a strategy to wrangle the famously unruly work force. Now imagine your deputy, a widely-admired CIA veteran, announces he’s going to step down after 33 years of hard service. What do you do? You could replace him from within the Agency ranks—that’s a surefire crowd pleaser. Or you could tap an experienced former ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Swampland

  2. Defense Industry Focused on Sequestration

    No one has been able to successfully wrangle Congress into reaching a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. But it’s not for lack of trying.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

  3. Inside the Beltway: Unifying conservatives by 2014

    Organizers behind the bodacious "Road to Majority" conference are determined to wrangle conservatives onto the same page as the 2014 midterm elections loom. The event, virtually ignored so far by the mainstream press, begins Thursday at a hotel just three blocks from the White House. "This conference is a chance ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Washington Times

wangle in News

  • Gillibrand aims to increase broadband

    (WBNG Binghamton) While Congress continues to wangle over a new Farm Bill, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to provides rural farmers better connections.
    on July 13, 2013 Source: WBNG Binghamton

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