Word Confusion: Anecdote versus Antidote

Posted June 16, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Hmmm, anecdote or antidote? Well, I know which one I want to swallow if I ever get snakebit! You can always tell me your story later!

Of course, your anecdote may be so b-o-r-i-n-g that I want to swallow an antidote if I have to listen to it or I may prefer to succumb to the snakebite, but, well, the only other antidote I can think of is drinking until I’m stupid or asleep. I could always leave… Perhaps I could sic the snake on you, hmmm, that has possibilities…

Word Confusions…

…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.

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Anecdote Antidote
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com
Part of Grammar:
Noun
Plural: anecdotes, anecdota
Noun; Verb, transitive

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: antidotes
Past tense or past participle: antidoted
Gerund or present participle: antidoting

A short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person

  • An account regarded as unreliable or hearsay
  • Depiction of a minor narrative incident in a painting

[Homeopathy] Substance that cancels or opposes the effect of a remedy

Noun:
Medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison

Something that counteracts or neutralizes an unpleasant feeling or situation

Verb, transitive:
Counteract or cancel with an antidote

Examples:
Great Aunt Mabel was full of anecdotes about the family.

James was always telling anecdotes about his job.

George had a rich store of anecdotes.

His wife’s death has long been the subject of rumor and anecdote.

Noun:
Laughter is the best medicine, an antidote to stress.

Quick, give him the antidote!

Verb, transitive:
What remedy will antidote Bryonia?

What remedy will antidote henbane?

Derivatives:
Adjective: anecdotal, anecdotic
Noun: anecdotalist, anecdotist
Adjective: antidotal
History of the Word:
Late 17th century via modern Latin from the Greek anekdota, things unpublished, from an- (not) + ekdotos, from ekdidōnai meaning publish. Late Middle English from the Greek antidoton, neuter of antidotos meaning given against, from anti- (against) + didonai (give).

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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Anecdote” is courtesy of Morbid Holiday, LOL!


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