Revised as of 10 October 2017
It was only fair that I include “Sail versus Sale” once “Sale versus Sell” appeared. It isn’t a word confusion that comes about that often but when the gaffe is made, you’ll find yourself falling off and having to set a new course with the proper word lest your reputation capsize!
Yep, I had fun with this one…*giggle*…! Too bad sale got short shrift, but I’m sure the after-Christmas sales will make up for it…*grin*…
…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:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive 2
A piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat, ship, or other vessel
Something resembling a sail in shape or function, in particular:
[With adverbial of direction] Move smoothly and rapidly or in a stately or confident manner
|Exchange of a commodity for money
Action of selling something
An event for the rapid disposal of goods at reduced prices for a period, especially at the end of a season
All the sails were unfurled.
The ship’s sails were torn and ragged.
“Hoist sail, me hearties,” he cried.
They went for a sail.
Ian took us out sailing on the lake.
The ferry caught fire sailing between Caen and Portsmouth.
The catamaran sails at 3:30.
She sailed into the conference room at 2:30 sharp.
Alex sailed through his exams.
I stole a small fishing boat and sailed it to the Delta.
We sail tonight.
He is sailing the ship.
Clouds were sailing past.
A pencil sailed past his ear.
|We withdrew it from sale.
The sale has fallen through.
Price cuts failed to boost sales.
He’s the new director of sales and marketing
They held a clearance sale yesterday.
The November issue is on sale now.
We’ve put the house up for sale.
Harvey’s is having a white sale!
|Adjective: sailable, sailless, unsailable, unsailed
|Noun: intersale, nonsale, subsale|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English segel 1, seglian 2 is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch zeil and the German Segel nouns.||Late Old English sala from the Old Norse sala is of Germanic origin.|
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:
Sailboat 2Krona by Ankalole and 14 06 02 Property For Sale Sign in Mamaroneck, New York, by ReubenGBrewer’s is their own individual work; both are under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons. No, I very much doubt this property is still for sale.