It’s been a few years since I read that line in a novel, that the valets were parking all sorts of luxury vehicles: a Lamborghini, Maseratis, Rolls Royces, Porches… Screeeeeech…yup, that’s me brakes comin’ on…porch? How in god’s name does one park a porch? And ain’t it scary that this is the line that is most memorable to me about the book?
Naturally an image of a lovely farmhouse sort of porch came to mind…it was a warm blue-gray clapboard siding, a few steps up to a porch lined with pots of red geraniums, hanging ferns, and a white balustraded railing, a couple of old-time rockers angled in towards each other…
Yeah, not the image the author was going for…I think.
…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:|
|A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building
The portico or stoa in the agora of ancient Athens, where the Stoic philosopher Zeno of Citium and his followers met
|High-performance sports and racing cars originally produced by Ferdinand Porsche’s company, and to his designs|
|I love sitting out on the porch during a rainstorm.
Mary’s out on the porch with Joe.
I love a porch that wraps around the sides of a house.
|A Porsche is a classic sports car coveted by men.
The 356 Porsche is the root of the Porsche look.
Porsche is currently the world’s largest race car manufacturer (Wikipedia).
|Adjective: porched, porchless
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old French porche, which is from the Latin porticus meaning colonnade, from porta meaning passage.||1948 is when Ferdinand Porsche and his son first began to build Porsche sports cars (Porsche.com).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?