Word Confusion: Moose versus Mousse

Posted September 17, 2013 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Well this one just cracked me up! I couldn’t believe anyone could confuse chocolate with fur! One takes very little effort to eat, while the other… Well, there’s a lot more involved before you can eat a moose.

Word Confusions started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly

Word Confusions…

…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.

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Moose Mousse
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com

“Mammals – Moose” courtesy of
Creatures of the World.


“Alice’s Chocolate Mousse Cake with Icing with Cajeta” courtesy of Zoë Bakes

Part of Grammar:
Noun

Plural: moose, mooses, or meese

Noun;
Verb, transitive

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: mousses
Past tense or past participle: moussed
Gerund or present participle: moussing

Large deer with palmate antlers, a sloping back, and a growth of skin hanging from the neck. It is native to northern Eurasia and northern North America.

[British] Elk

Noun:
Sweet or savory dish made as a smooth light mass with whipped cream and beaten egg white, flavored with chocolate, fish, etc., and typically served chilled

  • Soft, light, or aerated gel such as a soap preparation
  • Frothy preparation that is applied to the hair, enabling it to be styled more easily
  • Brown frothy emulsion of oil and seawater formed by weathering of an oil slick

Verb, transitive:
Style hair using mousse

Examples:
Moose were frequently seen in the television series Northern Exposure.

Part of the deer family, Alces alces is the biggestt extant species.

Somehow, saying a herd of meeses went through here, makes me laugh.

Bull moose are a lot like human men, they prefer to roam in all-male herds and fight for their one-night stands.

Noun:
Tonight we are offering a roulade of sole with a lobster mousse.

Oh yeah, gimme some dark chocolate mousse.

Helen loves her fragrant shower mousse.

Verb, transitive:
She mousses her hair.

He was such a metrosexual. Can you imagine how much time he spends moussing his hair?

History of the Word:
Early 17th century from an Eastern Algonquian language

Compare with the Narragansett moòs

Mid-19th century, from the French for moss or froth

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?

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Pinterest Photo Credits:

Bull moose growing new antlers and shedding fur” by Zaereth (talk) 22:13, 10 June 2010 (UTC) is in the public domain, and
Mango mousse on the basis of yogurt” is Messir’s own work [CC BY-SA 4.0], with both via Wikimedia Commons.


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