Wow, can you imagine a bear-knuckled brawler? His fingers would be so spread out…!
This one I run across all too often in romance books, and I should think those authors would really want to get it right. Nothing like a good laugh when reading about a man who bears all to kill the mood. But then perhaps the author meant that the hero is putting up with a lot of problems. Maybe he’s even carrying her around…you know how much we ladies fantasize about being carried. We do know he’s not bearing a child. He certainly isn’t taking off his clothes…dang it.
Ooh, ick, I just had a thought…what if someone beared their teeth! Ick, all that hair! I can’t imagine how long it would take to floss!?!
|On the One Hand…||…and On the Other|
|baring in mind
Well, I’m gonna guess someone’s thinking of porn
|bearing in mind
keep in mind
|Can you bare a hand?
Take the gloves off. I assume it could have erotic connotations if this were a story about an earlier age, the Victorians for instance.
|Can you bear a hand?
See graphic above…snicker… Seriously, it is a common phrase, “to bear a hand” or help someone
wearing a sleeveless shirt or nuthin’ a’tall!
Carry a gun or rifle
…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; Dictionary.com: bear|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective; Adverb; Determiner;
Verb, transitive 1
|Noun 2, 3, 4, 5;
Verb 6, intransitive & transitive
[Of a person or part of the body] Not clothed or covered
Without addition; basic and simple
A large, heavy, mammal that walks on the soles of its feet, with thick fur and a very short tail
[Stock market] A person who forecasts that prices of stocks or commodities will fall, especially a person who sells shares hoping to buy them back later at a lower price
[Slang] A capsule containing a narcotic 3
[Slang] A difficult school or college course 4
[Slang] Anything arduous or very disagreeable 5
A type of pastry
Endure an ordeal or difficulty
Give birth to a child
He was bare from the waist up.
She padded in bare feet toward the door.
A clump of bare aspen trees shivered in the chill wind.
We were down to the bare floorboards.
It was a bare cell with just a mattress.
An ordeal that would lay bare a troubled family background.
He outlined the bare essentials of the story.
A strange, bare production of Twelfth Night.
We won by a bare majority.
All you need to get started with this program is a bare 10K bytes of memory.
She bared all for that Playboy centerfold.
No, she thought. I can’t take another session with Janie baring all again.
The dog bared its teeth in a menacing snarl.
The man was bare of any hint of compassion.
Bears are related to the dog family, but most species are omnivorous.
Steiff was renowned for its teddy bears.
Big Jake was a lumbering bear of a man.
It was a bear market 24 June 2016 when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
It’s been a bear of a morning.
I adore bear claws.
Professor Adams is a bear.
The Jurgens farm bears due north.
The fruit trees should bear well this spring.
The warriors bore lances tipped with iron.
Steamboats bear the traveler out of Kerrerra Sound.
It was a small boat bearing a white flag
Many of the papers bore his flamboyant signature.
He bore the surname Tiller.
She bore herself with dignity.
Walls that cannot bear a stone vault.
No one likes to bear the responsibility for such decisions.
The expert’s fee shall be borne by the tenant.
It is doubtful whether either of these distinctions would bear scrutiny.
She bore the pain stoically.
She could hardly bear his sarcasm.
I cannot bear to see you hurt.
I can’t bear caviar.
She bore six daughters.
His wife had borne him a son.
a squash that bears fruit shaped like cucumbers
Smitty said he’d bear a hand in raising the barn.
We all have our cross to bear.
bear down on
bear something out
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English barian of Germanic origin
Related to the Dutch baar.
|2 Old English bera and related to the Dutch beer and German Bär.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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“Grammar Fun: Bear vs Bare” is courtesy of Grammarics, and it cracks me up!