This is another trio of heterographic word confusions of which I must stay aware. Think government when using council…it’s that double-c. Makes it hard, whereas the softer side of counsel can be a help, advisory if you will.
…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:|
Plural for noun: consuls
Plural for noun: councils
Verb, intransitive & transitive 2
|An official appointed by a government to live in a foreign city and protect and promote the government’s citizens and interests there
[Ancient Rome] One of the two annually elected chief magistrates who jointly ruled the republic
|A body of people who gather to give advice, suggestions, rule, or act for a larger group
Advice, especially that given formally
Lawyer or lawyers conducting a case
|Pompeius Pedo was a consul in Rome in the 1st century A.D..
In the past, the U.S. government relied on chief merchant-agents to act as a consul in their country to protect American property and estates and care for sailors and residents.
The first American Consul for Australia was appointed in 1836.
While any one country has only one U.S. embassy and ambassador, it may have several consulates with its own consul generals throughout that country.
|The council will vote on the proposed regulation today.
John Jones is on the council for the Fourth District.
We held a family council on what to do about Mom’s driving.
The intention of the Council of Nicea was to stop infighting in the Roman Catholic Church.
Dr. Jones gave counsel to the unhappy boy.
Them? They are the counsel for the defense.
I think I’ll keep my own counsel on that.
She’s being counseled for depression.
I need to take counsel.
Thank god Pam was paying attention to her friend’s counsel.
Dr. Jones counseled the wayward lads.
He was counseled by his supporters to return to Germany.
George’s coach counseled caution.
|Adjective: consular, nonconsular, subconsular
Noun: consulate, consulship, subconsul
|Noun: councilman, councillor [British], councilor, councillorship, councilorship, councilwoman, subcouncil||Adjective: counselable, counsellable [British], uncounseled, uncounselled [British]
Noun: counselor, precounsel
Verb: precounseled, precounseling, precounselled [British], precounselling [British], recounsel, recounseled, recounseling, recounselled [British], recounselling [British]
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English denoting an ancient Roman magistrate is from the Latin and is related to consulere meaning take counsel.||Old English in the sense of ecclesiastical assembly. It’s from the Anglo-Norman French cuncile from the Latin concilium meaning convocation or assembly from con- (together) + calare (summon).||Middle English via the Old French counseil 1, conseiller 2, from the Latin consilium meaning consultation or advice. It’s related to consulere.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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