Revised as of 16 August 2017
It is such a gross word picture every time I read that someone is “waiting with baited breath”. Yuck!!! I mean, I love sushi. I adore sushi. But I just don’t think of “sushi” and “bait” as being in the same food group.
Bait is a worm or a bug ya stick on a hook when ya go fishin’. Well, okay, one of my nieces had this thing for a while that she’d gross out her sibs by eating worms, but…I really don’t think that’s the imagery the author(s) had in mind.
I certainly can’t imagine kissing somebody with worm breath… See the caution below.
Bate is more of an emotional reaction: anger, fear, a need to escape, or sadness. A rare one is its use as a solution in tanning hides. No, leather, not butts!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Free Dictionary.com: bate|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, transitive
Variant spelling of bate 2
|Noun, singular 1; Noun 2
Variant spelling of bait
Food used to entice fish or animals as prey
An allurement, a thing intended to tempt or entice
Deliberately annoy or taunt someone
[British; informal, dated] An angry mood 1
[Tanning] The solution used 2
To flap the wings wildly or frantically
To jump violently from a perch or the falconer’s fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape
To take away
[Tanning] To soak skin or hides in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments 2
Get the bait on the hook and we can get to fishin’.
She took the bait.
She rose to the bait.
When it comes to flagging brands, companies are being forced to fish or cut bait.
Daddy used to dig for worms in the garden for bait.
I love that commercial where the kid on his skateboard baits his dog with a marshmallow on a stick.
The other boys reveled in baiting him about his love of literature.
She baited her trap with a short, tight skirt and a cleavage-enhancing knit top.
He got into a stinking bate.
We’ll need a new batch of bate with all the hides that came in yesterday.
He waited with bated breath.
You see to bating them hides, boy.
|Noun: baiter||Imperative: bate|
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English meaning to stop on a journey to take food or a rest. It’s from the Old Norse beit meaning pasture, food or beita meaning to hunt or chase.||1 Mid 19th century from the verb bait meaning torment, expressing the notion of a state of a baited person.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits
“You’re Not Really Going To Eat That, Are You?” is courtesy of Rupert Malone at Let Me Speak on This.blogspot.com; Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild Dines on Worms is courtesy of Young American Wisdom.com; “Two Dozen Bowls of Noodles Later, This Man is Still Hungry” is courtesy of NDTV; and I couldn’t find my sources for the other two.