The graphic images that are aroused in me when an author confuses a yoke with a yolk are, well, messy. Admittedly, the yoke being mentioned is usually the neck-and-shoulders portion of a shirt or dress — which tells you just how sticky it appears in my imagination! Nor can I see oxen pulling a plow with sunny, runny, yellow egg embryos dripping down their shoulders… Nor do those runny yolks seem sturdy enough! Either scenario makes me want to run for some rags and a bucket of water!
Now, I realize that yoke and yolk are considered alternative spellings for each other, but that excuse doesn’t cut the mustard, with me anyway. At least, I’m hoping that the majority of readers out there would interpret the most common (and current) definitions.
In the meantime, can you imagine if these words were switched? Of someone confusing a yolk for a yoke?
I don’t care how long you boil that yoke or if you wanna fry it up in a pan, I ain’t never gonna eat it.
…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: yoke and yolk|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1, 2
Verb 3, intransitive & transitive
Plural for the noun: yoke (2 oxen);
Alternative spelling: yoke
Obsolete spelling: yelk
Wooden crosspiece fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to a plow or cart they are to pull 1
Something resembling or likened to a yoke, in particular:
[Irish; informal] A thing whose name one cannot recall, does not know, or does not wish to specify 2
[Irish slang] Ecstasy pills
[Slang] Rob or mug a person
[Obsolete] To bring into subjection or servitude
|The yellow internal part of a bird’s egg, which is surrounded by the white, is rich in protein and fat, and nourishes the developing embryo
[Embryology] The part of the contents of the egg of an animal that enters directly into the formation of the embryo, together with any material that nourishes the embryo during its formation
The essential part
A natural grease exuded from the skin of sheep
Get the yoke on those oxen.
Many Western-style shirts have a shaped yoke.
We’ll only need a yoke of oxen to plow this yoke.
It was so much easier to carry two pails of water with a yoke.
It is the yoke of imperialism that has kept us down!
Men frequently joke about the yoke of marriage.
The pilot uses the yoke to control the attitude of the plane.
How much did that yoke set you back?
The oxen were yoked together.
“Believers are admonished not to allow themselves to be yoked together with unbelievers for the purpose of accomplishing an immoral task” (Nullifying Tyranny: Creating Moral Communities in an Immoral Society, 21).
Hong Kong’s dollar has been yoked to America’s.
Yoke up those oxen!
Two crackheads yoked this girl.
They decided to yoke the old man with the hearing aid.
|Wow, these eggs have some pretty big yolks!
Controversy rages back and forth over whether yolks are good or bad for you.
A yolk has 70 calories.
Merino sheep are remarked for the quantity of yolk they exude.
“The shell represents the earth’s 35-km (22 mile)- thick (or less) crust on which we walk and live. The egg white represents the 2,850- km (1770 mile)- thick mantle, the source of heat for Hawaiian and other hot spot volcanoes, and the yolk represents the 3,500-km (2172 mile) -thick core” (USGS: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory).
|: yokeless, well-yoked||Adjective: yolked, yolkless, yolky|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English geoc1, geocian3 is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch juk, the German Joch, from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin jugum and Greek zugon, also by the Latin jungere meaning to join.||Old English geol(o)ca, from geolu meaning yellow.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?