Okay, the only possible explanation for this word confusion, sea versus see, has to be a reliance upon spellcheck. Otherwise I cannot possibly believe that a writer can become confused by sea or see.
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive 2
Of, pertaining to, or adapted for use at sea
Expanse of salt water that covers most of the earth’s surface and surrounds its landmasses
Introductory signal an author uses to notify the reader that there are other places in the book, paper, report, etc., where more information can be found
The place in which a cathedral church stands, identified as the seat of authority of a bishop or archbishop
Discern or deduce mentally after reflection or from information; understand
Meet someone one knows socially or by chance
Escort or conduct someone to a specified place[In poker or brag] Equal the bet of an opponent
I do adore a sea view
We’re going on a sea voyage.
rocky bays lapped by vivid blue sea
the Black Sea
the Sea of Galilee
There was still some sea running.
The lifeboat met seas of thirty-five feet head-on.
She scanned the sea of faces for Stephen
“See” is used to indicate additional information.
The Holy See is the central government of the Roman Catholic Church.
Canterbury Cathedral is the see for the archbishop of Canterbury.
[Figurative] I can’t see into the future.
I’ll see to Dad’s tea.
Lucy saw to it that everyone got enough to eat and drink.
See that no harm comes to him.
I see from your appraisal report that you have asked for training.
I went to see King Lear at the Old Vic.
See Alaska in style.
Elements are usually classified as metals or nonmetals (see chapter 11).
I shall not live to see it.
I can’t bear to see you so unhappy.
The 1970s saw the beginning of a technological revolution.
They see their rights being taken away.
I don’t know what I see in you.
I can’t see any other way to treat it.
I saw that perhaps he was right.
I’ll go along to the club and see if I can get a game.
He saw himself as a good teacher.
I can’t see him earning any more anywhere else.
It has to be the answer, don’t you see?
See, I told you I’d come.
I went to see Caroline.
I saw Colin last night.
Some guy she was seeing was messing her around.
You may need to see a solicitor.
The doctor will see you now.
Don’t bother seeing me out.
I’ll see your twenty and raise you another five.
|Adjective: seaborne, seafaring, seagoing, seaworthy
Noun: seabed, seabird, seaboard, seacock, seafood, seagrass, seahorse, seaworthiness
|Adjective: seeable, unseeable
Noun: seeableness, seafarer, seafront
|History of the Word:|
|Crystal’s Spell It Out notes that these two words were once pronounced differently|
|Old English sǣ, of Germanic origin
Related to Dutch zee and German See.
|1 Middle English from the Anglo-Norman French sed, which is from he Latin sedes meaning seat, which is from sedere for sit.
Related to Dutch zien and German sehen, perhaps from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin sequi meaning follow.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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“A Sailor Stands Lookout” was photographed by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Aaron Chase/NPASE-E/U.S. Navy and is from the official U.S. Navy page in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.