What really got me going on this particular word confusion was a post I read this morning in which mass was used when en masse was obviously the intended word. So I want to remind authors that masses of people are reading their books and posts (I believe in y’all…*grin*…!), and too many people believe…en masse…that what they read on the Internet is true. So y’all gotta pay attention to your word choices.
As for massé…it is not a term with which I’m familiar. Of course, it is a type of sports-related term, and I am so not sports-minded, but it came up when I was hunting through definitions, so for the sake of confusions everywhere, including this is a little massé shot of my own!
…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:|
Noun 1, 2 *
* In the second sense, always capitalize Mass
|Noun, although usually used as an adjective||Adverb|
Relating to, done by, or affecting large numbers of people or things
[The mass of] The majority of
[Physics] The quantity of matter that a body contains, as measured by its acceleration under a given force or by the force exerted on it by a gravitational field
[Religion; always capitalize] The Christian Eucharist or Holy Communion, especially in the Roman Catholic Church 2
|[Billiards] A stroke made with an inclined cue, imparting swerve to the ball||In a group
The movie has mass appeal.
When the ship docked, there was a mass exodus of refugees.
From here, the trees were a dark mass.
There was a mass of cyclists at the bend in the road.
It was a mass of conflicting evidence through which we had to wade.
We get masses of homework.
The masterly distribution of masses.
The great mass of the population had little interest in the project.
We went to Mass.
It was the Latin Mass.
There was a Mass, and the whole family was supposed to go.
The crowds are massing in the East Village.
The houses are massed in blocks.
|A shooter needs experience to execute a good massé shot.
“I practice the massé at home, because an understanding of the dynamics involved helps me in other situations, particularly where using the rail is a factor” (Billiard World).
You’re likely to damage the table when executing a massé shot.
|The board of directors resigned en masse.
The audience rose en masse in admiration.
The villagers turned out en masse to burn out the witch.
|Adjective: massless, unmassed
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Middle English from the Old French masse, which is from the Latin massa, from Greek maza meaning barley cake. This may be related to massein, meaning knead.
2 Old English mæsse, from ecclesiastical Latin missa, which is from the Latin miss- meaning dismissed, from mittere. It is perhaps from the last words of the service: Ite, missa est (Go, it is the dismissal).
|Late 19th century from the French, as a past past participle of masser, describing the action of making such a stroke in billiards.||Late 18th century, from the French, literally meaning in a mass.|
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!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“World’s Largest Pool Tournament Set to Begin in Vegas” by Jason Bowman, via APA Pool Players.com, forms the massed background for this still from “Massé Shot Ball Curve Technique and Aiming System for Pool and Billiards” from VEPS V NV B 88 with Cue Sports HQ, via YouTube.