It may take a duo to fight a duel, but it doesn’t mean it’s a dual fight.
As for how often I run across this word confusion…not too often. But when it does come up, oh boy, it makes me nuts. I start getting these weird visions of fighting carburetors, of people running in a sack race. And I gotta tell ya, it just plays havoc with the storyline!
I suspect it’s all the historic novels I’ve read as to why I never get these two mixed up. Who knew what an education they’d be, LOL.
…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:|
Plural for the noun: duals
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
[Attrib.] Consisting of two parts, elements, or aspects
[Mathematics; often dual to; of a theorem, expression, etc.] Related to another by the interchange of particular pairs of terms, such as point and line
[Mathematics] A theorem, expression, etc., that is dual to another
A contest with deadly weapons arranged between two people in order to settle a point of honor
Affair of honor
A futuristic car with dual engines would zip right along.
Their dual role at work and home is uncompromising.
Old English has dual numbers for first- and second-person pronouns.
I took the checkout to be an instructional flight, and logged it as dual time.
In mathematics, dual is a notion of paired concepts that mirror one another.
Duality is a correspondence between the properties of a category C and the dual properties of the opposite category Cop.
A dually truck is a standard pickup truck that has a set of double tires in the rear, enabling it to haul greater loads.
“When shall we three meet again?” – Shakespeare, Macbeth
He was killed in a duel.
He engaged in a chess duel with Kasparov.
Two eminent critics engaged in a verbal duel.
Serving officers have been forbidden to duel.
Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel in angry response to Hamilton’s slander.
Verb: duality, dualize
|Adjective: duelistic, duellistic
Noun: dueler, dueling, duelist, dueller, duellist, duello, duellos
Verb, transitive: outduel, outdueled, outdueling, outduelled, outduelling
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English, as a noun denoting either of the two middle incisor teeth in each jaw, is from the Latin dualis, from duo meaning two.||Late 15th century from the Latin duellum, an archaic form of bellum meaning war, and used in medieval Latin with the meaning combat between two persons, partly influenced by dualis meaning of two. The original sense was single combat used to decide a judicial dispute, while the sense contest to decide a point of honor dates from the early 17th century.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?