The word confusion between peal and peel can be ridiculous. The number of times I’ve read about a car pealing out, and I’m left wondering if someone has left the keys in the ignition and the sound is pinging away like mad. I’m sure not thinking that the car is racing off somewhere.
Think about bellringers who ring a peal using church bells; I suspect the volume wouldn’t be much if they were to ring a peel. Besides what would they use? A banana skin? Orange skins? There’s something Monty Python-esque in imagining a group of people standing around holding a banana peel and waving it about.
…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:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun 1, 2, 3;
Verb 1, intransitive & transitive 4
Loud ringing of a bell or bells
A set of bells
[Bellringers] Ringing a series of unique changes on a set of bells
A loud repeated or reverberating sound of thunder or laughter
Outer covering or rind of a fruit or vegetable 1
Flat, shovel-like instrument, esp. one used by a baker for carrying loaves, pies, etc., into or out of an oven 2
A small square defensive tower of a kind built in the 16th century in the border counties of England and Scotland 3
[Of a surface or object] Lose parts of its outer layer or covering in small strips or pieces
John and Mary burst out into peals of laughter.
We’re planning to ring a peal on Christmas Day.
Aunt Edie’s laughter pealed around the parlor.
My dog loves eating the banana peel.
I like using a wooden peel to remove my grilled pizzas from the kitchen fire.
Ugh, the walls are peeling.
Better get those spuds peeled!
Peel off the skins and cut thick slices of potatoes.
Carefully peel away the wax paper.
Suzy peeled off her white pullover.
The better players are capable of peeling a ball through two or three wickets.
Verb, transitive: interpeal
|Adjective: peelable, unpeelable, unpeeled|
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English as a shortening of appeal.||1 Middle English in the sense of to plunder and is a variant of the dialectical pill, which is from the Latin pilare meaning to strip hair from, from pilus meaning hair. The differentiation between peel and pill may have been by association with the French verbs peler meaning to peel and piller meaning to pillage.
This noun version may also be spelled pele or peel tower.
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!