Revised as of 3 September 2017
It’s all the fault of homieness. I found myself wanting to convey the homey qualities of a story I had read, and I was thoroughly confused as to its proper spelling. Naturally, one thought led to another…and thereby a kingdom was lost…oops, getting caught up again…and I became intrigued with the possibilities of a homie having a homieness as well…isn’t that a curious concept…!
…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: Urban Dictionary.com; Merriam-Webster|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: homies
Alternative spelling: homy
Plural for noun: homeys, homies
Alternative spelling: homey
A feeling of home [Of a place or surroundings] Pleasantly comfortable and cozy
[New Zealand; informal] A British person
|[Chiefly U.S.; informal] Show the greatness of the kind of friend you are to another person
Acquaintance from one’s town or neighborhood
Member of one’s peer group or gang
[Slang, mainly U.S.] Short for homeboy or homegirl
|This space just feels so homey.
There is such a homeyness to that house.
He my homey, he take care of it for me.
|He’s my homey.
He my homie, he take care of it for me.
|Adjective: homier, homiest
Noun: homeyness, hominess
|History of the Word:|
|1 1856 is the first known use.||Derived from homeboy which was first used in the early 1900s.
Some sites claim blacks first originated the word while others claim it was first used by Mexican Americans in East L.A.
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!