This heterographic confusion just makes me want to ring someone’s neck—possibly with a gold necklace. Or, should I use silver? No—leather!!
On the other hand, wringing someone’s neck could put paid to their existence. And, one should never visit harm upon another. Ahem.
…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; Merriam-Webster: ringer|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1, 2||Noun|
|[Informal] An athlete or horse fraudulently substituted for another in a competition or event
A person or device that rings something
In certain games, a tossed object that encircles its intended target 2
A game of marbles in which the target marbles are placed in the center of a circular area
|Device for squeezing or twisting water from wet clothes, mops, or other objects, like necks
Something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion
|They brought in a ringer.
He’s a ringer for that actor Tom Hanks.
League eligibility rules had grown flexible to accommodate new teams, and ringers began suiting up.
He’s a dead ringer for the senator.
The bell ringers are scheduled to ring a peal for the New Year’s.
|I remember my grandmother’s washing machine had a wringer attachment.
They really put him through the wringer!
I’d like to wring his neck!
His illness put his family through the wringer.
|History of the Word:|
|1 First known use: 15th century||First known use: 14th century|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!