Revised as of 20 August 2017
I don’t often run afoul of this particular word confusion, but when I do, I just feel so shut out. I guess I’m just not part of that particular crowd; I’ll have to click my way across the Internet and find my own clique.
…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; Dictionary.com: clique; Your Dictionary.com: clique|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb 1, intransitive & transitive||Noun 2
A short, sharp sound as of a switch being operated or of two hard objects coming quickly into contact
[Phonetics] An ingressive consonantal stop produced by sudden withdrawal of the tongue from the soft palate, front teeth, or back teeth and hard palate, occurring in some southern African and other languages
[Computing] An act of pressing a button on a mouse or similar device.
[Medicine] A slight sharp sound, such as that heard from the heart during systole
[Informal] Become suddenly clear or understandable
A small exclusive group of people
We heard the click of the timer.
She heard the click of the door.
The !Kung bushmen in The Gods Must Be Crazy use a click language.
Do a right-click to open a dialogue box with other options.
It finally clicked in my head.
We just clicked that night.
The key clicked in the lock and the door opened.
Click on the illustration for a larger version.
Finally it clicked what all the fuss had been about.
We just clicked, and I found myself falling in love.
I didn’t meet a woman who I really clicked with until I was 40.
I don’t think this issue has clicked with the voters.
Martha clicked her tongue.
The clicking cameras outside the church.
Click the left mouse button twice.
Almost no one from our clique has shown up for the reunion.
They’re a tight-knit little clique.
Remember the cliques in high school?
Adjective: cliquish, cliqueless, cliquey, cliquy
Noun: cliquishness, cliquism, subclique
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late 16th century: imitative.||2 Early 18th century from the Old French cliquer meaning make a noise.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?