Revised as of 12 October 2017
There is a great difference between vial and vile, hence my choice of the image for vile. It’s unfortunately not difficult to think of actions that are more vile than that of the Nazis in World War II, as there is too much evil perpetrated by man upon man. They are, however, the easier images to find on the Internet.
It may also make it easier to understand my frustrations when I run across this particular word confusion. Coming across a sentence such as he was a vial man simply doesn’t convey the same feeling as he was a vile man. Personally, I like vials as well. Those cute little containers. I do prefer small bottles that are more curvaceous and preferably more of a carved appearance than those displayed below. Those little bottles are so handy for holding essential oils and to use for travel. I also like them for holding small beads and sequins. The only way I would feel vile toward my beads would be if they were spilling from a vial.
…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: vile|
|Part of Grammar:|
Alternate spelling: phial
A small container able to be closed, typically cylindrical and made of glass
Used especially for holding liquids
|Extremely unpleasant, disgustingly or utterly bad
Morally despicable or abhorrent
[Archaic] Of little worth or value
He held up a vial of cocaine.
She purchased a vial of expensive oil.
|He’s a vile, little man.
Lord, that smells vile!
You’re in a vile humor today.
The Holocaust was a vile act by morally despicable, repulsive people.
I am in no mood for your vile language.
|Adjective: viler, vilest
Verb, transitive: revile
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English fiole from Anglo-French viole which is from Late Latin fiola, an alteration of the Latin phiala.||Middle English from the Old French which came from the Latin vilis meaning cheap, base.|
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!