It is possible that I interpreted the sentence incorrectly, but I should think only a story focusing on forensics or murder investigation could truly get away with someone wearing their genes. I suppose it could have been a poetic attempt to say the person looked like their parents, but…that would be a stretch.
Especially since the genes was preceded by blue…and they weren’t talkin’ about her eyes.
…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; Merriam-Webster: Genes|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun||Adjective; Noun, plural 2 and singular 3|
|[Biology] A part of a cell that controls or influences the appearance, growth, etc., of a living thing
[Informal use] A unit of heredity that is transferred from a parent to offspring and is held to determine some characteristic of the offspring
[In technical use] A distinct sequence of nucleotides forming part of a chromosome, the order of which determines the order of monomers in a polypeptide or nucleic acid
Describes the type of fabric of a garment
Heavy twilled cotton cloth, especially denim 3
[In commercial use] A pair of jeans
|Proteins coded directly by genes.
She got her genes from her mother.
I inherited my big brother’s jean jacket.
I love my jeans.
My sister adores her button-fly jeans.
|Adjective: gene-altered, genetic, genetical, hypergenetic, hypergenetical
Adverb: genetically, hypergenetically
Noun: genesis, genealogy, hypergeneticalness
|History of the Word:|
|Early 20th century from the German Gen, which is from Pangen, a supposed ultimate unit of heredity from the Greek pan-, or all + genos meaning race, kind, offspring||1 Late 15th century, from the Old French Janne (now Gênes), from medieval Latin Janua, or Genoa, the place of its original production.|
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!
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“The Denim Guide Part 1 — History” is courtesy of Well Dressed Dad.