Admittedly, both words are uncommon enough that mistaking one for the other is rather easy. Except, I suspect I’d feel better knowing my breeches were in place when I stormed that breach!
You may also want to explore “Broach versus Brooch” when it comes to whales.
…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:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun; Verb, transitive
Plural for the noun and third person present verb: breeches
Past tense or past participle: breeched
Gerund or present participle: breeching
An act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct
A gap in a wall, barrier, or defense, especially one made by an attacking army
[Ordnance] Rear part of the bore of a gun or the part of the firearm behind the barrel
[Birth] Indicates that part of the baby that appears first
[Machinery] End of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye
[Nautical] Outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship
[Ordnance] Fit or furnish a gun with a breech
[Archaic] Put a boy into breeches after being in petticoats since birth
A clear breach of the regulations.
Once more into the breach, dear friends.
It was a breach of confidence between the two old friends.
I sued for breach of contract.
It was a sudden breach between father and son.
The changes breached union rules.
Get those breeches on!
The breech-loader was a great improvement in firearms as it was quicker, easier, and safer to load.
You, my boy, are getting way too big for your breeches.
Janey! I just got my new riding breeches.
Knee breeches are de rigeur, my dear.
Is that gun breeched yet?
|Adjective: nonbreaching, unbreached
Noun: breacher, nonbreach
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: before 1000
In Old English, it was spelled brēc
In Middle English, it was spelled breeche
|Old English brēc (plural of brōc, of Germanic origin. Related to Dutch broek), interpreted as a singular form. The original sense was garment covering the loins and thighs, i.e., breeches, hence the buttocks 1 in mid-16th century, later the hind part of anything (late 16th century).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?