Victor Tookes commented about an hysterically funny word confusion regarding hole and whole. It just goes to show that everyone needs a proofreader…
Many of the confusions I come across are words out of context — brake vs break, mail vs male — but the mind boggles at asswhole. I got nothin’.
One comment I must add… it does sound as though the guy was at least consistent…snicker…chuckle…oh, heck, outright guffaw… I did so enjoy your share, Victor! Thanks, Kathy
“I absolutely cannot describe how annoying the whole/hole mistake is. I recently read an indie zombie novel that used “asswhole” throughout the book, and then talked about the “hole world”. It was an exact flip-flop.
After a while, I started to think about maybe it’s worse to be an asswhole. I mean, if we call someone an ass, or a specific part of the ass, wouldn’t it be worse to be the whole thing?
And what about those poor people who live in the “hole world”? What do you think their life is like, their entire existence carried out underground in a tiny hole in the ground.”
…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 for the definitions and Victor Tookes for the catch and perspective!|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb, intransitive & transitive 2||Adjective; Adverb; Noun
Hollow place in a solid body or surface
[Attrib.] All of [Attrib.] Entire
In an unbroken or undamaged state
In one piece
All of something
What an asshole!
Is that a hole in the ground?
He dug out a small hole in the snow.
Watch out for that rabbit hole.
He had a hole in his sock.
Yeah? How many strokes did it take for you to make that hole on the 15th?
Stephen lost the first three holes to Eric.
Jackson Hole is renowned for its skiing.
She had wasted a whole lifetime in this hole of a town.
You’ll have to get yourself out of the hole you’re in.
We’re still three thousand dollars in the hole.
Margaret really blew a hole in that argument.
My clothes are in holes.
Christmas can make a big hole in your savings.
Please, I need that like I need a hole in my head.
Poor thing, he’s a square peg in a round hole.
A fuel tank was holed by the attack and a fire started.
We took alternate shots from each partner until the ball was holed.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He was the nicest person in the whole world.
Many escaped the fire frightened but whole.
After the treatment he felt whole.
The baby cried the whole way home.
He manufactured it all out of whole cloth!
He’s the man who’s given a whole new meaning to the term cowboy.
It was a whole new idea to me.
He tried to swallow a plum whole.
He spent the whole day walking.
She wasn’t telling the whole truth.
Whole shelves in libraries are devoted to the subject.
The effects will last for the whole of his life.
It was a whole lot of money.
Owls usually swallow their prey whole.
I much prefer whole milk.
All people should be whole in body, mind, and spirit.
We’re going to go the whole nine yards on this.
|Adjective: holey||Noun: wholeness|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English hol 1 and holian 2 is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch hol a noun meaning cave, an adjective meaning hollow, and the German hohl meaning hollow from an Indo-European root meaning cover, conceal.||Old English hāl is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch heel and the German heil. The spelling with wh- (reflecting a dialect pronunciation with w-) first appeared in the 15th 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!