Fortunately, this word confusion, sew versus sow doesn’t crop up often, and when it does…hoo, boy. Just had a thought, for those of you who do get confused with this one, think of that O as the piglets’ open mouths on their mama or even of the holes in the ground when sowing seeds. Which gave me another thought…that e kinda looks like someone took a stitch in that O, hmmm…
No, I’m not actually ignoring the so. It’s mostly included because it’s a soundalike, a homophone.
…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: sew|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Adjective; Adverb; Conjunction; Exclamation; Pronoun||Noun 1;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Join, fasten, or repair something by making stitches with a needle and thread or a sewing machine
[Of a vessel] To be grounded at low tide
Attach something to something else by sewing
True as stated or reported
[With negative, as submodifier] to the same extent (used in comparisons)
Referring back to something previously mentioned
In the way described or demonstrated
[So that] With the aim that
In order that
As the next step
Introducing a question
Introducing a statement that is followed by a defensive comment
Introducing a concluding statement
In the same way
Something that is about or near the persons or things in question, as in number or amount
An adult female pig, especially one who has farrowed
A large block of metal (larger than a “pig”) made by smelting
To set something in motion
I don’t even sew very well.
They sewed up the deal last night.
Have they sewn up the votes on SB1960-1 yet?
She chose to teach her how to sew instead.
Say it isn’t so.
If you choose that fabric, it will cost so much more to make the jacket.
Don’t look so worried.
I’m not so foolish as to say that.
She looked so pretty.
I do love it so.
That’s so not fair.
You are so going to regret this.
The bird was about so long.
He isn’t so bad as you’d think.
Without his parents’ support, he would not have done so well.
“Is it going to rain?” “I think so.”
If she notices, she never says so.
I hear that you’re a writer—is that so?
Times have changed and so have I.
“It’s cold in here.” “So it is.”
“Make it so!” is a popular phrase from Star Trek.
Hold your arms so.
So it was that he was still a bachelor.
You know I’m telling the truth, so don’t interrupt.
It was overgrown with brambles, so that I had difficulty making any progress.
They whisper to each other so that no one else can hear.
and so to the finals
So, what did you do today?
So what did he do about it?
“Marv is wearing a suit.” “So?”
So what if he failed?
So I like anchovies—what’s wrong with that?
So that’s that.
Just as bad money drives out good, so does bad art drive out the good.
Of the original dozen eggs, five or so remain.
That’s some sow you’ve got there!
A sow suckling her piglets looks just like a cat or dog with their own babies.
The corn had just been sown.
The field used to be sown with oats.
We walked through a valley sown with boulders.
The new policy has sown confusion and doubt.
Noun: sewability, sewable, sewer, sewist *
*The original term for one who sews is sewer, and there is a current trend toward sewist, which certainly sounds as if it will smell better! (Sesquiotica)
|Adjective: sowable, unsowed, unsown
|sew something on something
sew something up
sew something together
have something sewn up
|History of the Word:|
|Old English siwan, of Germanic origin, is from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin suere and the Greek suein.||Old English swā, of Germanic origin, is related to the Dutch zo and the German so.||1 Old English sugu is related to the Dutch zeug and the German Sau from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin sus and the Greek hus meaning pig.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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“Midsummer Evening Quilting in Central Park” by Suzanne Szasz. The event was sponsored by the New York Parks Administration Department of Cultural Affairs with materials freely provided.