Yet another word I thought I knew…sigh… Of course, in my defense, I’ve only ever seen gage used in medieval histories when a knight would thrown down his gage as an insult to another, demanding the person he’s insulting meet him in battle. I guess I’ve not read too many technical manuals with any variety of measuring devices!
…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; Verb, transitive 2
Alternative spelling for gauge
|Noun 3; Verb, transitive 4
Alternative spelling for gage
Valued object deposited as a guarantee of good faith 1
Glove thrown down as a challenge to a fight[Nautical] Position of a sailing vessel
Short for greengage[Old-fashioned American slang] Marijuana
A form of jewelry which creates a hole of variable size in the earlobe, popular especially among some young people in the West, perhaps on analogy with similar devices found in various non-Western indigenous cultures (Wiktionary)
Offer a thing or one’s life as a guarantee of good faith
[Archaic] To wager, to bet
Instrument or device for measuring the magnitude, amount, or contents of something, usually with a visual display
Thickness, size, or capacity of something
Form a judgement or estimate of a situation
Measure the dimensions of an object
He threw down his gage.
He’s got the weather gage.
Bring that gauge over here.
|Adjective: gaugeable, multigauge
Verb, transitive: misgauge, misgauged, misgauging, regauge, regauged, regauging
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English is from Old French gage and is of Germanic origin and related to wage and wed.||3 Middle English (denoting a standard measure) is from the Old French gauge in a variant of Old Northern French jauge and is of unknown origin.|
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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