Every time I see desert used when the author obviously means dessert, well, I get dry mouth. And I get that gritty feeling in my teeth.
Worse, that gritty, sandy feeling migrates to cracks and crevices in my body. I just gotta take a shower after “eating” that desert — gets rid of the dry feeling in my mouth and all those clinging sand particles.
…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 1, 2;
A dry, barren area of land, typically covered in sand 2
|Sweet course eaten at the end of a meal
What mom or dad usually threaten to withhold if someone doesn’t behave!
Overgrazing has created desert conditions.
The interior of Iceland is an ice desert.
This place is a cultural desert.
Good weather came after the summer hordes had deserted the beaches.
The lobby of the hotel was virtually deserted.
Her luck deserted her.
|I’m having the chocolate cake for dessert!
What would everyone like for dessert?
The dessert menu here is fabulous!
|Adjective: desertic, desertlike
Noun: desertedness, deserter, predeserter
|History of the Word:|
|13th century||Mid-16th century from the French as a past participle of desservir, or clear the table. Although, how that became a sweets course…|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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