Revised as of 11 October 2017
I ran across this word confusion in a pair of books I was reading in an erotic series, and it really broke the mood. When I read let the woman slack his need or the queen allowed his need to be slacked by one of his guards, well, not taut or held tightly in position or a spell of inactivity or laziness is so not what I had thought they were doing…
I really like this series. It’s well-written with tension and drama in a twist, and the series is tainted by this one stupid word. One that someone missed, misused?
Now, if the queen had allowed his need to be slaked… Well, I could either assume, ahem, that someone gave him some bottled water to drink or they were doin’ the nasty, and he’d achieved blast-off, ahem, so to speak. But slack, I dunno, sounds limp to me.
…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: slake|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1; Adverb 1; Noun 1, 2; Plural Noun;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 1
|Verb, intransitive & transitive|
Not taut or held tightly in position
[Of business] Characterized by a lack of work or activity
[Of a tide] Neither ebbing nor flowing
The loose or unused part
[Informal] A spell of inactivity or laziness
Coal dust or small pieces of coal 2
[Of lime] To become slaked
[Archaic] To become less active, intense, vigorous
[Poetic] To cool or refresh
[Archaic] To make less active, vigorous or intense
Combine quicklime with water to produce calcium hydroxide
[Obsolete] To make loose or less tense
I looked out at a slack rope.
Her mouth went slack.
Business was rather slack.
They were working at a slack pace.
Slack accounting procedures can send any business into a downward spiral.
Soon the water will become slack, and the tide will turn.
He slept deeply, refreshed by a little slack in the daily routine.
Just let me get my slacks on, and I’ll be down.
She reprimanded her girls if they were slacking.
The animal doesn’t slack up until he reaches the trees.
He has become quite slake.
Slake your thirst with some lemonade.
Restaurants worked to slake the Italian obsession with food.
Let the woman slake his need.
Noun: slacker, slackness
|Adjective: slakable, slakeable, slakeless, unslakable, unslakeable, unslaked
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English slæc, meaning inclined to be lazy, unhurried, is of Germanic origin and related to the Latin laxus, meaning loose.||Old English slacian, meaning become less eager can also be written as slacken, from the adjective slæc or slack. Compare it with the Dutch slaken, meaning diminish, relax.|
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!