How difficult is it to understand the difference between creak and creek? One makes scary noises (think of that last scary movie you saw!) while the other soothes with its rippling waters — there just ain’t a creak in that creek!
…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 1||Adjective 2; Noun 2, 3|
Harsh scraping or squeaking sound
Of, relating to, or denoting a group of native peoples of the southeastern U.S. in the 16th to 19th centuries 2
Stream, brook, or minor tributary of a river 3
The creak of a floorboard broke the silence.
I wish Jerry would oil that door. The creak is driving me mad.
I missed the sound of Grandma’s rocker creaking.
From inside came the creak and moan of a swinging door.
The floorboard creaked, breaking the silence.
He’s a Creek Indian.
Let’s go on down to the creek.
Adverb: creakily, creakingly
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English in the sense of croak, imitative.||2 16th century. A Native American tribe named for the waterways of the flatlands of Georgia and Alabama that they lived beside.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?