This particular heterographic confusion is fairly close in how it’s spelled, well, considering you need to add a k, that is. New is all around us, in context, as a word denoting new this, new that. New ingredients, new products, new this year.
I knew that people confused words, but with this proliferation of new everything and anything, I find it difficult to understand how anyone cannot know the difference between these two words.
…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:|
|Past tense of: know
Verb; Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Adjective; Adverb; Noun|
Be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information
[Archaic] Have sexual intercourse with someone 1
Not existing before
Made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time
Already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time
Just beginning or beginning anew and regarded as better than what went before
A new object, quality, condition, etc.
I knew about the birds.
Oh, yeah, he knew her all right.
new crop varieties
This tendency is not new.
A secondhand bus cost a fraction of a new one.
a new baby
Come see Marty’s new bike.
a way of living that was new to me
I’m quite new to gardening.
I have a new assistant.
This would be her new home.
recruiting new pilots overseas.
starting a new life
the new South Africa
A bottle of pills would make him a new man.
the new architecture
the New Bohemians
The valley was green with new-planted crops.
roses new washed with dew
Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Noun: ken, knower
Verb: ken, know, known, knowing
Verb, modal: can
|Adjective: newer, newest|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English cnāwan (earlier gecnāwan) meaning recognize, identify is of Germanic origin and from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin (g)noscere and the Greek gignōskein.||Before 900
Old English nīwe, nēowe, of Germanic origin.
It’s related to Dutch nieuw and German neu from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit nava, Latin novus, and Greek neos, all meaning new.
Middle English newe.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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