This one doesn’t pop up too often on my radar, but it’s just enough that I felt the need to point out the obvious…lest you be the butt of laughter around the water cooler.
…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: butt|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adverb 1; Conjunction 1;
Noun 1, 2
Plural for the noun: buts
|Noun 3, 4, 5, 6
Verb, intransitive & transitive 3
No more than
[With negative or in questions] Used to indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated
Used to introduce a response expressing a feeling such as surprise or anger
Used after an expression of apology for what one is about to say
[Archaic; with negative] Without its being the case that
[Scottish] An outer room, especially in a two-roomed cottage 1
Used with repetition of certain words to give emphasis
Push or blow, typically given with the head
Person or thing at which, usually, unkind humor or criticism is directed 4
Archery or shooting target or range 4
Blind for shooting birds
[Obsolete] Limit, bound
Thicker end of a tool or rifle 6
Stub of a cigar or cigarette 6
The large or thicker end part of something 6
Part of a hide or skin corresponding to the animal’s back and sides
[Informal; chiefly North American] Buttocks 6
Trunk of a tree, specifically the part just above the ground 6
Cask typically used for wine, ale, or water 6
To come into conflict 3
Adjoin or meet end to end 5
He is but a shadow of his former self.
There were a variety of nougats, creme-filled, and nuts, to name but a few.
She was cute, but a handful.
I wanted to go to the movies, but mom expected me to babysit.
He stumbled but didn’t fall.
This is one principle, but it is not the only one.
It was nothing they could do but swallow their pride.
One cannot but sympathize with your loss.
I’m sorry, but I can’t pay you.
No, I don’t want to hear any buts.
We lived but and ben with them.
We were never anything but poor.
It was the last but one.
Ooh, that head butt had to hurt!
Butt of a joke
He hit him with the butt end.
Butt of wine
You should use a butt joint on that.
We’re headed out to the butts to practice.
“Here is my journey’s end, here is my butt.” – Shakespeare
The driveway butted up against the house.
I used butt joints to assemble the box.
Those two are always butting heads.
|butt in 3
butt out 3
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English be-ūtan, būtan, būta meaning outside, without, except.
2 Early 18th century, originally from 1 in the early sense of outside, but more specifically into the outer part of a house.
|3 First known use: 13th century
Middle English from the Old French boter, buter and is of Germanic origin. It’s also akin to Old High German bōzan meaning to beat
Middle English from the Old French but is of unknown origin, but was perhaps influenced by the French butte meaning rising ground.
Late Middle English probably akin to Middle English buttok meaning buttock and the Low German butt meaning blunt
Late Middle English from the Old French bot, from the late Latin buttis
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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“Running with the Winos in France” by Samantha Stanway is a funny post about the Marathon du Médoc with its 23 wine stations, an oyster table, and grilled beef served mid-race and many in the most outrageous costumes, lol.