This may not be a particular popular pair of words, and I would think that anyone using them would understand the difference. Which leads me to hop up on my pet hobby horse. Yep, don’t trust your spellcheck on your computer to find confused words.
Getting back to appraise, there’s something about that a that makes me think of this word as eye-opening. Kind of like those insurance appraisers who show up to tell you how much the insurance company won’t pay out on your claim…*eye roll*…
As for apprise, it’s such a tight little word all scrunched up without that a. I suspect it’s how I’d feel if a cop were, ahem, apprising me of my rights! Eeek! Do remember that while apprise may be an obsolete form of appraise, it is obsolete, which means it is not a popular choice for contemporary writings and will date your story.
So when the insurance guy is apprising you of his appraisal, keep the smelling salts on hand!
…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: Dictionary.com: appraise and apprise|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Verb, transitive
An obsolete variation of appraise
Assess the value or quality of
To estimate the monetary value of
To estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc.
Make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes
|Notify or brief someone of a situation
Give notice to
The interviewer’s job is to appraise and evaluate.
He tried to appraise the poetry of John Updike.
We had an antiques expert in to appraise mom’s furniture.
She stealthily appraised him in a pocket mirror.
|Jim had to be apprised of the death of an old friend.
Before you fall behind on bills, apprise your creditors of the situation; they may have programs to help.
We then apprise them of their obligations legally, morally, and ethically.
|Adjective: appraisable, appraisive
Adverb: appraisingly, appraisively
Noun: appraisal, appraiser
Verb, transitive: misappraise, misappraised, misappraising
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 1400–50
Late Middle English apraysen, meaning to set a value on. It’s probably a conflation of aprisen to apprize and preisen, meaning to praise.
|First known use: 1685–1695
French appris, meaning taught, informed. It’s a past participle of apprendre, meaning to teach, learn.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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