It would appear to be an odd trio, unfortunately I have encountered word confusions between core and corps and corps and corpse. I can almost understand confusing the first two. I mean, maybe the author meant the core of the corps? The last two I’m hoping were too-fast fingers that kept skipping that e. Although, I suppose it could be a truly depressing military tale in which the body count of the corps resulted in too many corpses.
I know, grim. And as an editor, I find this confusion to be grim as well, just not the same level of grim.
…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: corps and corpse|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Abbreviation; Adjective; Combined Form; Noun; Verb, transitive||Noun
An initialism, CORE stands for Congress of Racial Equality
Denoting types of rock or dance music that have an aggressive presentation
Indicating the number of processing units working in parallel in a computer
Central or most important part of something, in particular
To cut from the central part
To remove (a cylindrical sample) from the interior, as of the earth or a tree trunk
To form a cavity in (a molded object) by placing a core, as of sand, in the mold before pouring
|Main subdivision of an armed force in the field, consisting of two or more divisions
[Printing] A Continental designation that, preceded by a number, indicates size of type in Didot points of 0.0148 inches (3.8 mm)
|A dead body, especially of a human being rather than an animal
Something no longer useful or viable
[Obsolete] A human or animal body, whether alive or dead
CORE is a U.S. civil rights organization that played a pivotal role for African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement.
The plan has the interests of children at its core.
Dancecore is a classification for a music track that has been remixed in such a way as to make it sound harder, faster, and more “extreme”.
Greg bought himself a quad-core computer.
We pulled 20 core samples from field 28.
Henry found a core sample he believes is the origin for the blades Jane found.
Core a sample for some sixty feet and assess the geographic strata.
We’ll need to core the ocean bottom.
|The 5th Army Corps was one of three corps the Italian Army fielded during the Cold War.
He’s with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
Let the press corps in.
He’s with the diplomatic corps.
We’ll use a 14 corps on this job.
|The medical examiner performed an autopsy on the corpse.
The corpses were piling up as the plague continued.
It was a graveyard of rusting corpses of ancient cars.
The CSI shows go through a lot of corpses.
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English, of unknown origin.||Late 16th century from the French and originally from the Latin corpus meaning body.||Middle English denoting the living body of a person or animal.
It’s an alteration of corse by association with the Latin corpus, a change that also took place in French with the Old French cors becoming corps. The p was originally silent, per French pronunciation while the final e was rare before the 19th century, but now that e distinguishes corpse from corps.
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!