I can’t help it. If someone is going to write about a person coming out of the hanger, I get these weird mental images: he’s dazed and confused as he emerges from a giant amusement park ride shaped like a gigantic hanger or maybe it’s a hangman and he’s escaped the noose by walking out of the character’s mouth or…well, you get the idea.
Shifting my mental imagery away from the story, shifting any reader’s focus, is just not a good plan. After all the work you’ve done to craft your story, don’t let a heterographic word confusion to throw your reader.
As in stationary, consider the two as in hangar. No matter what happens, you will be walking (that a) whether it’s in or out of the hangar.
…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:|
Large building with extensive floor area, typically for housing aircraft
|[In combination] A person who hangs something
Shaped piece of wood, plastic, or metal with a hook at the top, from which clothes may be hung in order to keep them in shape and free of creases
Something from which another thing hangs, such as a hook
[Historical] A short sword that hangs from a belt
[British] A wood on the side of a steep hill
We keep the jets in the hangar.
Jerry just came out of Hangar 17.
Jerry, that plane needs to be hangared.
|a wallpaper hanger
I need to pick up some of those heavy duty wooden hangers.
Why do hangers seem to multiply overnight?
The jay appears in some of the large falls, or hangers, in Airedale.
The naked part of the hanger is now covered with thistles (Wright, 53).
|History of the Word:|
|Late 17th century (in the sense of shelter from the French and probably from Germanic bases meaning hamlet and enclosure.||Old English hangra is from hangian meaning hang.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?