This is another of those word confusions I don’t come across too often, but when I do, it’s definitely sigh-worthy. Although, maybe the author is confusing the hairy, unwashed aspects of guerrillas with gorillas??? Poor gorillas…LOL
Of course, gorilla has been used as a type of shorthand to quickly describe a big, violent-looking man without much brainpower.
…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: guerillas, guerrillas
Alternative spelling: guerrilla
|Powerfully built ape with a large head and short neck, found in the forests of central Africa [Informal] Heavily built, aggressive-looking man||Adjective:
Used to describe a type of warfare
|There are three races of the gorilla family: two lowland and the mountain gorilla.
Nash only ever employs gorillas on his security teams.
It’s guerilla tactics.
|History of the Word:|
|Allegedly from an Africa word for a wild or hairy person from the 5th or 6th century BC
In 1847, it was adopted as the specific name of the ape.
|A diminutive which arose with the Peninsular War of 1808-1814; from the Spanish guerra.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Guerilla / Gorilla” by Kristina McKay and Derek Ruiz and courtesy of Guerilla Art.