This bit of confusion cracks me up when I come across it. Spring brake just doesn’t quite do it for me, as much as I do enjoy a break. And it can get quite expensive if you keep breaking your car… The insurance premiums alone could do you in.
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective, Noun 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;
Verb, intransitive 1 & transitive
|Noun, Verb, intransitive & transitive 6
Historical term for brake
A particular type of system used with vehicles
Toothed instrument used for crushing flax and hemp 3
[Archaic; poetic/literary] Thicket 4
Coarse fern of warm and tropical countries
[Archaic] Bracken 5
To furnish with brakes
To process flax or hemp by crushing it in a brake
An interruption of continuity or uniformity
A pause from work or during an activity or event
A gap or opening
A rush or dash in a particular direction, especially by an attacking player or team
[Informal] An opportunity or chance, especially one leading to professional success
[Billiards & Snooker] A player’s turn to make the opening shot of a game or a rack
Stop proceedings in order to have a pause or vacation
[Of a person’s emotional strength] Give way
Undergo a change or enter a new state, in particular
Interrupt a continuity, sequence, or course
Fail to observe a law, regulation, or agreement
Crush the emotional strength, spirit, or resistance of
[Break something to someone] Make bad news known to someone
The middle pedal in a manual transmission-equipped car is the brake pedal.
It has an anti-lock braking system.
Hey, kiddo, put the brakes on!
Pump the brakes gently when driving in the snow.
The brake fern has a high appetite for arsenic.
I hate drivers who brake abruptly.
He lit a cigarette and braked the car slightly.
A brake harrow is handy for braking flax or hemp fibers.
He heard tires squeal as the car braked to avoid a collision.
She braked sharply to avoid another car.
She braked to a halt and switched off.
The magazine has been published without a break since 1950.
Many students head to the beaches for spring break.
A week or so may pass without a break in the weather.
Those dotted lines on the screen show page breaks.
There was a break in her voice now.
He made a bounce pass for a basket on the break in the second quarter.
There was a prison break last week.
This boy can put a nice break on a ball.
He got his break as an entertainer on a TV music hall show.
The potential of the battery is available across the break.
Don’t drop a slate lest it break.
What if his leg had broken?
The machine has broken, and they can’t fix it until next week.
She realized her water had broken.
I was acting as referee and telling them to break.
We’ll break about ten.
The flight broke to the right and formed a defensive circle.
The ball is breaking left.
The ball broke to Craig, but his shot rebounded from the post.
If the ball breaks too often, it may have to be replaced.
Her self-control will break.
Have patience. The weather will break.
The storm broke, and the rain came down in buckets.
Dawn was just breaking.
He stopped to wait for a break in traffic.
The clouds began to break up and disperse.
The Caribbean sea was breaking gently on the shore.
Her voice broke as she relived the experience.
Kevin’s voice is breaking.
It depend on if it’s breaking due to a following r or h.
Traders buy the underlying asset when the price breaks above a level of resistance or when it breaks below a level of support (Breakout Definition).
Since the news broke I’ve received thousands of wonderful letters.
Hal prefers to let his opponent break at snooker.
First, break the chocolate into pieces.
She had broken her leg in two places.
The bite had scarcely broken the skin.
He’ll break the video again.
We’ll have to break that safe open.
She had to break a ten.
Break out the sails!
Margie can break that code.
Break that open and put more bullets open.
We have to break Kenny’s alibi.
We have to break Grandma’s will!
You should never break a contract.
The new government will break the pattern of growth.
His concentration was broken by a sound.
Our not talking was getting so uncomfortable, that Elaine finally broke the silence.
We will break our journey in Venice.
She put out an arm to break her fall.
I will break that habit.
The Celtics break the tie in a last minute save.
I predict that the movie will break box-office records.
If the circuit breaks, you won’t get any juice to that outlet.
The district attorney says she will prosecute retailers who break the law.
It is a legally binding contract that can only be broken by mutual consent.
Do some research or you’ll break your diet before you begin.
The idea was to better the prisoners, not to break them.
Gotta break down that silo mentality.
They brought men in to break the strike.
He uses gentle methods to break a horse.
Paul, you’ll have to break the news as carefully as you can.
| Adjective: brakeless
Noun: brakeman, canebrake, fernbrake
|Adjective: breakable, breakless, nonbreakable
break something down
break someone in
break something in
break in on
break something off
break something open
break out in
break out of
break something out
break someone up
break something up
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late-18th century||6 Old English brecan is of Germanic origin and related to Dutch breken and German brechen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin frangere, meaning to break.|
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!
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“Car Crash” is Thue’s own work, which has been released into the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.