Word choice: Choose not to pick a fight

A reader sent this note recently to our editors:

Where I grew up we picked cotton, peaches, beans and noses. But even in GA we CHOSE governors, senators, coaches and vinegary barbecue. You might not have noticed, but headline and article writers at the N&O have developed a greater liking for "pick/picked" over "choose/chose." One of your geeks could check it out, proving me wrong–but methinks not. If we pick less and choose more we’ll look and "sound" better.

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