I dunno. I never have understood how anyone can confuse these. Well, to be fair, I suspect it’s more often a case of spellcheck not catching it than someone actually confusing it…please god… This heterograph is a good example of writers needing a proofreader or copyeditor, though.
Part of writing a good story is drawing your reader into the story. Making him or her forget the world around them and fall completely into yours…I do love it when I get that absorbed! However, while the occasional lapse in spelling or punctuation doesn’t throw me too bad (and I am not the only reader who notices problems), there can be a variety of reasons why I get tossed out of the world you’re creating from poorly constructed sentences, sentences I have to read and re-read, awful punctuation…and using the wrong word.
Be aware of those confusions. I don’t want to read about a doctor heeling his patient. Well, unless he’s a veterinarian. I suppose I could handle some guy healing his dog on the sidewalk. After all, maybe the dog went into convulsions or got hit by a car. Of course, it’s possible that somebody heeling his girlfriend could be into BDSM…buttttt that doesn’t happen that often in the books I read…ahem…
…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; Definitions; Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Noun 1, 2, 3;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 1,2
[Healing] A healing effect on the entire body
Alleviate a person’s distress or anguish
Correct or put right an undesirable situation
Back part of the foot below the ankle 1
A thing resembling a heel in form or position, in particular:
Latter or concluding part of something
After end of the keel of a ship[As an exclamation] A command to a dog to walk close behind its owner
An instance of a ship leaning over in such a way 2
Contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person 3
Strike, prod, or propel with the heel
Cause a boat or ship to lean over in such a way 2
He has a healing gift.
He would have to wait until his knee had healed.
Time can heal the pain of grief.
The rift between them was never really healed.
He rubbed the heel of his hand against the window. 1
I prefer shoes with low heels.
Many women wear heels.
The vertical separation varies with the angle of heel and is at the mercy of buoyancy and weight. 2
What kind of a heel do you think I am? 3
The dog won’t heel.
The cargo had not been loaded properly from the way the ship was heeling to one side.2
Damn, I heeled it!
The ship heeled in going about.
|Adjective: healable, half-healed, unhealable, unhealed
Verb, transitive: preheal
|History of the Word:|
|Old English hǣlan (in the sense of restore to sound health), of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch heelen and the German heilen||1 From the Old English hēla, hǣla are of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch hiel
Related to the Dutch hellen.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Healing process after heel surgery” is Kaspar1892’s own work [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. The graphic in the Pinterest pin above shows day 2, day 15, day 20, and 6 months after surgery.