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A distressed colleague wants me to stamp out the misuse of garnish for garnishee in the paper.
No can do.
Garner's Modern American Usage prefers garnish as the verb and garnishee as the person or institution, such as a bank, indebted to someone whose property has been subject to garnishment. Garnishee as a verb he calls "historically unwarranted and therefore ill advised." Since Mr. Garner is also the author of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, I took him as more authoritative than The Associated Press Stylebook, which continues to prefer garnishee as a verb — this despite the entry in Webster's New World College Dictionary, the basis for AP style, which also lists garnish as the preferred verb form and describes garnishee as a verb form as "now rare in U.S. legal usage." So I boldly and arbitrarily changed our in-house stylebook.
The same colleague complained of seeing awhile pop up in sports copy and insisted that the word does not exist. But awhile is a perfectly good adverb. I've been doing this awhile, and I know. But it does regularly get misused as the object of a preposition. The usage should be in a while, not in awhile. On that point I won’t hesitate to reproach.