I can’t begin to say how often I run into this Word Confusion. And every single time, an image of a Jewish cantor rises up in front of me. What he’s doing on the horse has me all confused. I think he is too.
I’d like to see a cantor ride a horse at a canter.
|Looking at the following:|
|Then he slowed the horse to a canter.
Slowed down from a gallop.
|Then he slowed the horse to a cantor.
I’m guessing that as he approached the cantor, he slowed the horse so he didn’t run over the guy.
…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: Merriam Webster; Encylopædia Britannica; Free Online Dictionary|
|Noun 1, 2;
Verb 3, intransitive & transitive
One who uses cant 1
A user of professional or religious cant
A three-beat collected gait of a horse during which one or the other of the forelegs and both hind legs lead practically together, followed by the other foreleg and then a complete suspension when all four legs are off the ground 2
Slower than a gallop, but faster than a trot
To ride a horse at a canter.
|A choir leader in Christianity and Judaism
A synagogue official, the hazzan, who sings or chants liturgical music and leads the congregation in prayer
In medieval Christianity, the person in charge of supervising the choir’s singing
The head of a college of church music
We rode at a canter for miles.
The competitors cantered into the arena.
|The rabbi has found a fine cantor.
A cantor chooses and conducts the vocals for the choir.
The cantor led the chant.
The cantor led the responsorial singing with the congregation.
|History of the Word:|
|1 1609||1538, from the Latin canere, meaning to sing.
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:
“Cantor Concert” is Gryffindor’s own work under the GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, or CC BY 2.5 license and “Justina Vanagaitė and Sir Paul, Her Horse, Compete in the World Extramural Competition at Vazgaikiemis“, 2011, is Stepjuli’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; both are via Wikimedia Commons.