Revised as of 20 August 2017
The following sentence is a great example of Microsoft Word—to be fair, any wordprocessing or editing software—missing the context when it runs a spellcheck.
The horse was eating juicy chutes.
Now, it’s always possible that the horse is meandering through a chute recently built with really fresh wood that’s still oozing sap, but, somehow, I don’t think so.
…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; Merriam-Webster; Thanks to Lorinda J. Taylor for calling this one to my attention!|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb 3, intransitive & transitive
Alternative spellings: shoot or shute
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Alternative spelling for chute Variant spelling of chute 1
Quick descent as in a river
Inclined plane, sloping channel, passage, or slide for conveying things to a lower level 1
Narrow enclosed path down which cattle, horses, sheep are driven
[Sailing, informal] Spinnaker 2
Utilize a chute as by passing ore down it
[Informal] As a euphemism for shit
Occasion when a group of people hunt and shoot game for sport
[British] Land used for shooting game
Occasion when a professional photographer takes photographs or when a film or video is being made
Rapid in a stream
Cause a gun to fire
Hunt game with a gun
[Shoot over] Shoot game over an estate or other area of countryside
Move suddenly and rapidly in a particular direction
Used to invite a comment or question
[Of a pain; may also be figurative] Move with a sharp stabbing sensation
[Soccer, hockey, basketball, etc.] Kick, hit, or throw the ball or puck in an attempt to score a goal*
Film or photograph a scene, film, etc.
[Of a plant or seed] Send out buds or shoots
[Of a bud or shoot] Appear
Damage or remove something with a bullet or missile
Cause to move suddenly and rapidly in a particular direction
Direct a glance, question, or remark at someone
[Of a boat] Sweep swiftly down or under rapids, a waterfall, or a bridge
[Informal, of a motor vehicle] Pass a traffic light at red
Extend sharply in a particular direction
Move a door bolt to fasten or unfasten a door
[Informal] Make a specified score for a round of golf
[Informal] Play a game of pool or dice
Film or photograph a scene, film, etc.
[Informal] Inject oneself or another person with a narcotic drug
Plane the edge of a board accurately
Rig up the debris chute.
Did you see that movie where they escaped through the chute?
Icy water came rushing down the chute.
Dump it down the laundry chute.
Send it down the chute.
The dock had facilities for chuting grain directly into the hold of a vessel.
Supplies were chuted to the snowbound mountain climbers.
Shoot, it was a great day to be alive.
Well, shoot, I guess we’ll have to put him down.
They have a grouse shoot scheduled for tomorrow.
I’ve scheduled a photo shoot for my artwork.
I hear they’re shooting a movie the next street over.
Follow the portages that skirt all nine shoots of whitewater.
The troops were ordered to shoot to kill.
We go to Scotland to shoot every autumn.
The car shot forward.
Ward’s hand shot out, grabbing his arm.
“May I just ask you one more question?” “Shoot.”
Claudia felt a shaft of pain shoot through her chest.
A pang of regret shot through her.
He shot the bolt.
Williams twice shot wide.
Point the camera and just shoot…nothing could be easier.
Troops shot dead 29 people.
They shot a volley of arrows into the village.
Guy, shoot their hats off.
He would have fallen if Marc hadn’t shot out a hand to stop him.
Beauchamp shot United into the lead.
Luke shot her a quick glance.
“I can’t believe what I’m hearing,” she shot back.
A road that seemed to just shoot upward at a terrifying angle.
In the second round he shot a 65.
* After school, we’d go straight out in the alley to shoot baskets.
She has just been commissioned to shoot a video.
He shot dope into his arm.
|Noun: chutist, chute-the-chute, chute-the-chutes
Verb: chute the chute, chute the chutes
shoot someone down
shoot something down
shoot someone up
shoot something up
|History of the Word:|
|1 1805 from the French for fall of water or rocks which is from the Old French cheoite, a feminine past participle of cheoir for to fall which is from the Latin cadere
Influenced by shoot
|Old English scēotan is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch scieten and the German schiessen
Related to sheet in its primary sense of to shoot or project
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!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“This Pilot is the Only Person to Take Down an Enemy Plane With a 1911 Pistol”, via Controversial Times.