This particular confusion was raised in a listserve I belong to, and it intrigued me. In a more corporate environment, one hears about being vested in term of one’s pension or holding stock in the company. When it comes to a wedding ceremony, the power vested in me seems to be an essential part of the celebration.
Using invested AND vested as verbs to convey being dressed with or in a vest was a curiosity, although I suppose one could more closely differentiate between the two even here using each word’s history, with invested being a more formal way of clothing someone in authority whereas vested is more literal with getting dressed.
…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:|
|Past tense or past participle for invest
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Past tense or past participle for vest
Adjective; Noun 3;
Verb 2, intransitive & transitive
|More of a physical action and usually refers to an expenditure of money, resources, or time in an enterprise with the expectation of generating a profit
Verb, intransitive: 1
Expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture
[Invest in; informal] Buy something whose usefulness will repay the cost
[Invest someone/something with] Provide or endow someone or something with a particular quality or attribute
Endow someone with a rank or office
[Invest something in] Establish a right or power in
[Archaic] Clothe or cover with a garment
[Archaic] Surround a place in order to besiege or blockade it
|More of a concept…
Secured in the possession of or assigned to a person
Protected or established by law or contract
[Of a person] Legally entitled to a future benefit, as from a pension
Supplied or worn with a vest
A garment worn on the upper part of the body for a particular purpose or activity
[British] An undershirt, typically one without sleeves
[Of a chorister or member of the clergy] Put on vestments
[Usu. be vested with] Give someone the legal right to power, property, etc.
[Poetic/literary] Dress someone
Getting workers to invest in private pension funds.
Politicians who have invested so much time in the Constitution would be crestfallen.
The passage of time has invested the words with an unintended humor.
He stands before you invested in the full canonicals of his calling.
Fort Pulaski was invested and captured.
A state law vested the ownership of all wild birds to the individual counties.
Parental rights are then vested by section 14 of the 1975 Act.
He was completely vested after five years with the company.
Janey likes to wear a running vest to hold her keys and emergency money.
I can see where a bulletproof vest could come in handy.
She stepped out in a striped vest and skinny jeans with strappy black heels.
Kim looked chic in her pink jeans and white vest top.
With the power that has been vested in me…
The socialists came to be vested with the power of legislation.
The Speaker vested him with a rich purple robe.
|Adjective: investable, investible
Noun: investment, investor, noninvestor
Verb, transitive: overinvest, preinvest, reinvest
|Adjective: vestless, vestlike|
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-16th century, in the sense of clothe, clothe with the insignia of a rank, and endow with authority is from the French investir, which is from the Latin investire from in- (into, upon) + vestire (clothe) from vestis meaning clothing.||2 Late Middle English from the Old French vestu for clothed. It’s a past participle of vestir from the Latin vestire.|
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:
“Man in Gray Vest” by Pacian~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims) and under the GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 licenses and “Old Greek Money” by Jon Eben Field (originally posted to Flickr as Greece-22) is under the CC BY 2.0 license; both via Wikimedia Commons.