Revised as of 13 October 2017
“Ware the wear-were-where confusion,” she cried.
Seriously, there is a major confusion and primarily between were, we’re, and where. I swear, I don’t know how it is possible to confuse were with where — if this one is a problem child for you, try thinking of where here is. It’s HERE Where it is.
As for we’re and were, please remember that contractions mean a letter has been removed — the apostrophe is the signal that a letter is missing, therefore we’re is actually we are, and there just ain’t no way that we are looks like were.
…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; Common Errors in English Usage; Dictionary.com: ware and wear|
|Part of Grammar:|
Combined Form; Noun 2, 4, 5;
Verb, transitive 3
Verb, complement, intransitive, or transitive
Verb 10 is the second person singular past, plural past, and past subjunctive of to be and an auxiliary and
|Adverb, interrogative or
Watchful, wary, or cautious
Denoting a kind of software
Articles offered for sale
[Archaeology] A group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color
Used as a warning cry, typically in a hunting context
[Scottish and North England] To spend 4
The first season in the year 5
|To have on
The wearing of something
The state of being worn as clothing
Clothing suitable for a particular purpose
Damage or deterioration sustained from continuous use
Capacity for withstanding continuous use
[Wear on; of a period of time] Pass, especially slowly or tediously
Damage, erode, or destroy by friction or use: the track has been worn down in part to bare rock
[Sailing] Bring a ship about by turning its head away from the wind 7
|Most commonly, to be
[Archaic] Man, as in human male
[Fandom slang] The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf
A style of artwork that involves anthropomorphic creatures in an often digitrade form
Roleplayers who want to fit into a community to feel “speshul”
A military force, a band of troops
(Also wered and wering)
We’re is the contraction for we are, and the same applies to you’re meaning you are, and they’re is they are.
[Usually there is/are] Exist
[With adverbial] Occur
Used with a past participle to form the passive mood
[With infinitive] Used to indicate something due to happen
In or to what place or position
The place or situation in which
The scene of something
The place in which
Point at which
Thou speak’st wiser than thou art ware of.
I need some new bakeware.
Check out this shareware.
This new groupware we got streamlines the workload.
I hate spyware.
Sellers at the flea market display their wares.
Mary, can you set the silverware around the table?
You can’t go wrong with glassware as a wedding gift.
There are some new dresses just in for wear in the evening.
Have you any sportswear?
There’s not a lot of wear on these shoes.
The mountains are wearing down with each passing second.
There aren’t many carpet-type finishes that wear well.
As the afternoon wore on, he began to look unhappy.
Both ladies wore a bunch of violets.
Although she was a widow, she didn’t wear black.
They wear a frozen smile on their faces.
The students wore their hair long.
The pirate ship wore a Venezuelan flag.
The water was forced up through holes it had worn.
The environmental health people wouldn’t wear it.
Wearing half the day, they spun long tales.
The captain gave orders to wear ship.
She takes pride in her spirituality as a were, although to know her from the outside, one would never suspect.
There are some awesome were artists out there, but don’t they draw anything else?
Hey, look, another self-proclaimed were has found their way to the boards.
Didn’t you know that Jake was a were?
There were no easy answers.
There were no curtains around the showers.
If the exhibition were in November, I could attend.
We were here.
They were headed over to the theatre.
Most of us were hungover.
If I were you…
Weren’t you at the game last night?
We were coming tonight, but the car broke down.
Where were you?
When I got there, they were like “What are you doing here?”
If it were said…
If his book were to be published this fall, we would get a jump on the competition.
If construction were to begin next summer instead of next fall, it could be finished by three months earlier.
If I were to meet him at 6:30, I could see you at 9.
You were to follow these orders.
If I were to lose, the results would be catastrophic.
If I were to tell you, you’d think I was crazy.
Jayne’s parents weren’t doing well.
The tickets were $25.
We were everything to each other.
The multi-story buildings were all over the campus.
Where do you live?
Where are you from?
Where is she going?
Where do you come from?
Where does the argument lead?
Where did you read that?
Just where is all this leading us?
Sit where I can see you.
This is where I live.
Where people were concerned, his threshold of boredom was low.
He was free to go where he liked.
Where some caregivers burn out, others become too involved.
Do you see where the men in your life are emotionally unavailable to you?
I see where the hotel has changed hands again.
Where some caregivers burn out, others become too involved.
It’s where he was living when I knew him.
Boston Store is where I got my new bathing suit.
This is where the boat docks.
That was where the phone rang.
|wear someone down
wear something down
wear something out
wear someone out
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English wær from a Germanic base of ware.||6 Old English werian, originally from the Latin vestis for clothing||8 Old English wer, from Proto-Germanic weraz, which is from Proto-Indo-European wiHrós, meaning man.||Old English hwær of Germanic origin.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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