Oh, buoy, what a mess. It’s not as if buoy is such a commonly used word in a story, and if a story has a maritime setting, then I’d assume the author knew the difference between boy and buoy, even if the words are a pair of heterographs.
Of course, it’s always possible that the author was too confident in his (or her) spellcheck tools…which is always a mistake. Spellchecks can’t, yet, determine proper spelling based on context. As it is, the spellcheck tool can see the word is properly spelled. It can’t tell that it’s the wrong correctly spelled word for that sentence.
Meanwhile, get the boys to pay attention to their grammar, er, buoys marking the channel into the harbor.
…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:|
|Adjective; Noun; Verb, transitive|
[Informal] Used to express strong feelings, especially of excitement or admiration
Used informally or lightheartedly to refer to a man
Describing the use of buoys
Mark with a buoy
Oh boy, that’s wonderful!
Oh boy, you shouldn’t have dropped that vase!
She put her little boy to bed.
A delivery boy
The inspector was a local boy.
My dear boy, don’t say another word!
You, boy, come here!
Down, boy, down!
Thankfully, it was a buoyed channel.
The party was buoyed by an election victory.
The price is buoyed up by investors.
|Adjective: boyish||Adjective: buoyant, unbuoyed|
|History of the Word:|
|First use was in Middle English to denotes a male servant; origin is unknown||Middle English.
Probably from the Middle Dutch boye, boeie, from a Germanic base meaning signal.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Boy Scouts Association in Britain” photographed by Nicholls, Horace, which is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. The photograph was taken during World War I of “a member of the Sea Scouts [British Boy Scouts] bringing in a buoy which had been washed up on the shore”.