Got reminded of this word confusion while reading a newly released action suspense story. I have to say, I was really impressed that a male dog could give birth let alone a wide one, that or maybe it was a cheap way to produce another ship…hmmm…
|On the One Hand…||…and On the Other Hand|
|It was a live berth.
An available place to park your boat or to sleep.
|It was a live birth.
The baby was born alive.
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Adjective;
Ship’s allotted place at a wharf or dock
Space for an automotive vehicle at rest
[Informal (often in a sports context)] Situation or position in an organization or event
Sufficient distance for maneuvering a ship
An amount of distance maintained for safety
Fixed bed or bunk on a ship, train, or other means of transport
[Of a passenger ship] Provide a sleeping place for someone
See also the definition for noun below
The start of life as a physically separate being
[When used with an adjective] A baby born *
Beginning or coming into existence of something
Origin, descent, or ancestry
High or noble descent
[Archaic] One that is born
Give rise to
Give birth to
Today’s victory clinched a berth for the Orioles in the playoffs.
They gave him a wide berth.
Losing that game, lost Amelia her berth on the team.
He’s allergic to dogs, and he gives them a wide berth.
With the tugboats unavailable, the captain had to berth his ship on his own.
She is his birth mother.
They’re not his birth parents.
Despite a difficult birth he’s fit and healthy.
* The overall rate of incidence of Down syndrome is one in every 800 live births.
The birth of democracy.
The mother is American by birth.
She was proud of her beauty and her birth.
A study showed that residents of Ile aux Coudres would have birthed their first child by age 22.
New York is the city that gives birth to artists.
Her efforts gave birth to a new business.
|Verb, transitive: unberth||Noun: birthing, childbirth, multibirth|
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 15th century
Merriam-Webster states that berth is derived from the Middle English birth and is probably from beren meaning to bear + -th
Early 17th century, in the sense of adequate sea room
|First known use: 13th century
Merriam-Webster states that birth is Middle English from the Old Norse byrth and is akin to the Old English beran
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?