Learning the differences was pure curiosity on my part. In a story I’m editing, the word run down caught my eye, and I wanted to know which version was the correct one for this situation: run down or rundown.
So I decided to run down the possibilities, and I learned there were three—THREE— versions! Each had a different definition, so read on to learn what I ran down of the rundown before I got too run-down.
…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 Phrase, intransitive & transitive||Adjective||Noun
To cease to operate because of the exhaustion of motive power
To decline in physical condition or vigor
To run against and cause to sink
To chase to exhaustion or until captured
To trace the source of
To tag out (a base runner) between bases on a rundown
|In very bad condition because of age or lack of care; dilapidated
In poor health or physical condition; worn-out or exhausted
[Of a spring-operated device] Not running because it is unwound
|A quick report about the main parts of something
A gradual reduction in the size of a business, activity, etc.
[Baseball] A play in which a runner is chased by two or more opposing players who throw the ball to each other in an attempt to tag the runner out
the clock ran down
Run down the escaped prisoner and bring him back here.
Can you run down the source of those drugs?
She’s always running people down.
|The house was pretty run-down looking.
By the end of their terms, most presidents are run-down.
I dunno, I’m just tired and generally run-down.
It had once been a prosperous neighborhood, but now it’s a run-down, vandalized inner-city area.
Months of overwork had left him in a run-down condition.
|They gave us a rundown on the main points of the news.
a rundown of our public services
He was caught in a rundown and tagged out by the shortstop.
He gave his teammates a rundown on the opposition.
A rundown in the business would be a devastating blow to the local economy.
|History of the Word:|
|Circa 1578||Circa 1821||1908|
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:
“Tips on buying a rundown house and renovating it” illustrates a post by Home Loans Australia.