I ran across this particular confusion when reading a Digital Book World post and the author used “low and behold these are the kids”. I wasn’t sure if cattle were mooing, if the reader was supposed to moo or if the kids were goats…?
This one is really simple to get right. Almost always, a lo will be biblical and usually it’s an angel proclaiming something. It’s not hard to figure out. Think behold, hey, or look as in Lo, the burning bush.
…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:|
|Abbreviation; Interjection||Adjective 1; Adverb; Noun;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 2
Of less than average height from top to bottom or to the top from the ground
Below average in amount, extent, or intensity
Ranking below other people or things in importance or class
Depressed or lacking in energy
At or to a low pitch
An area of low atmospheric pressure; a depression
A sound made by cattle 2
Get the LO to see to that.
Lo and behold…
The table was too low to use as a dining table.
They are surviving on a low income.
Be sure to cook it over low heat.
Ammunition’s getting low, sarge.
Third world countries have a lower standard of living.
Graffiti is considered a low art form.
He has a low cunning.
I was feeling low.
We were talking low so we wouldn’t wake Dean.
The sopranos have to sing rather low.
The highs and lows of an actor’s life.
In the distance, we heard the low of a distant herd.
“At evening, the distant lowing of some cow in the horizon brought a sense of peace to the farmhouse” (Dictionary.com).
|Adjective: low-alcohol, low-altitude, low-born, low-budget, low-cal, low-carb, low-carbon, low-class, low-cost, low-cut, low-density, low-down, low-fi, low-flying, low-grade, low-heeled, low-impact, low-income, lowish, low-key, low-level, low-lying, low-maintenance, low-minded, low-necked, low-nicotine, lowball, lowbrow, lowdown, lower, lowest, well, you get the idea…
Adverb: lower, lowest
Noun: low-angle shot, low-fi, low-hanging fruit, low-loader, lowball, lowbrow, lowdown, lowlife, lowlight, lowness, overlowness
Verb, transitive: lowball
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old English, lā, before the 12th century||1 Middle English from the Old Norse lágr which is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch laag; it is also related to lie low.|
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!
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