Arghhh! How can anyone confuse these two heterographs!!? Okay, okay, I know I delve deeply into words, so maybe I’m easily frustrated. However. I’ve got a gross reminder for ya…acne. Pits. Craters.
Yup, think acne, use that “a” in coarse as a reminder that it’s repulsive, unrefined, vulgar.
Look on the bright side. If you’re dieting, thinking of acne might help cut down the number of courses you’re eating. Certainly cuts down on mine!
…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:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Rough or loose grain or texture
[Of a person or their speech] Rude, crude, or vulgar speech
[Singular noun] Route or direction followed by a vehicle, geographic feature, sporting event or action
A dish, or a set of dishes served together, forming one of the successive parts of a meal
A series of lectures or lessons in a particular subject, typically leading to a qualification
[Architecture] A continuous horizontal layer of brick, stone, or other material in a building
A pursuit of game (especially hares) with greyhounds by sight rather than scent
The lowest sail on a square-rigged mast
A set of adjacent strings on a guitar, lute, etc., tuned to the same note
|The beaches on the Nevada-side of Lake Tahoe have coarse sand while the sand in the Bahamas is much silkier.
Medieval bread was much coarser due to the milling process, which left particles of stone in the flour.
It’s a coarse woolen cloth and scratches my skin.
I do not allow such coarse language to be used in my home.
The road adopts a tortuous course along the coast.
The new fleet changed course to join the other ships.
It changed the course of history.
There are typing courses available for those interested.
I prefer that the salad course follow the main course as it cleanses the palate so well.
Many rally races follow a preset course.
All guests are offered a choice of a main course or a four-course meal.
I signed up for a business studies course.
The doctor prescribed a course of antibiotics.
He could feel the blood coursing through his veins.
Tears were coursing down her cheeks.
Exultation coursed through him.
|Adjective: coarse-grained, coarse-looking, coarser, coarsest, coarsish, uncoarse
Adverb: coarsely, uncoarsely
Noun: coarseness, uncoarseness
|Noun: multicourse, undercoursing
Verb: undercourse, undercoursed
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English, in the sense of ordinary or inferior and of uncertain origin. Until the 17th century, it was identical in spelling with course, and possibly derived from the latter in the sense of habitual or ordinary manner.||Middle English from the Old French cours from the Latin cursus, which is from curs- meaning run from the verb currere.|
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!