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A brooch is a piece of jewelry. It has a pin and a clasp so that it can be attached to clothing. The word is pronounced "broch," with a long o, and that leads to a common misspelling: broach.

A broach is a rod used for roasting meat or a sharp-pointed tool used for making a hole. The verb broach means to make a hole, as in a cask, or to open a discussion or bring up a subject.

Some dictionaries list broach as an alternate spelling for brooch, by the way, but most usage experts still separate the two spellings.

Both broach and brooch come from Middle English broche for a pin, peg or spit. 


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Pam Nelson began her career as a writer in 1976 and has worked in various editing jobs at The News & Observer since 1987. She has won awards for her headline writing and has taught college classes in copy editing and seminars in grammar and usage.