This word confusion frequently occurs when a writer is writing about a character with a hardy laugh. Um, no. Laughter may be the best medicine, but it isn’t enough to permit that same laugh to be healthy or fit.
Perhaps that’s the key to remembering a hearty laugh…heart for fitness and health, and of course one needs that y on the end, therefore it is a heart-y, healthy laugh…
…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 for noun: hearties
Capable of enduring difficult conditions
[Informal] Full of vim
[Of a person or their behavior] Loudly vigorous and cheerful
[Of food] Wholesome and substantial
[British; informal] Usually me hearties, a form of address ascribed to sailors
|He’s quite the hardy man.
Trees along the Pacific coast of California have to be hardy to survive the wind.
Rugosa roses are hardy.
He was a hearty and boisterous character
He sang in a hearty baritone.
She had a hearty dislike for Tom.
Hearty congratulations were in order.
He’s a white-bearded but hearty man.
After that long trek, hearty meal cooked over open flames was very welcome.
Jim goes for a long walk to work up a hearty appetite for dinner.
King Henry VII was considered a hearty king.
She has a hearty laugh.
He is hale and hearty, considering his sickly childhood.
The condemned ate a hearty meal.
There’s my hearty.
|NOTE: Be aware that hardy and hearty are interchangeable only in terms of fitness and health.|
|Adjective: hardier, hardiest
|Adjective: heartier, heartiest, overhearty, quasi-hearty
Noun: heartiness, overheartiness, superheartiness
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 13th century
Middle English in the sense of bold, daring is from the Old French hardi, past participle of hardir meaning become bold, which is of Germanic origin and related to hard. It’s similar to Old English heard and hard.
|1350-1400, Middle English herti meaning courageous; spirited, zealous; loyal, faithful; and/or sagacious, wise.|
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!