For just fifty cents, I can get a scent sample sent to me to sooth my senses.
Words that are so close in how they sound and yet, at either end of this row of words, are two words that are completely different from every other word while the two middle words — scent and sense — have more in common as they both have to do with the sense of smell.
Of course, while scent is strictly to do with the sense of smell, senses incorporates other senses besides smell: taste, touch, hearing, and sight. Some believe we have a sixth sense, a psychic sense, one which has little to do with the other three words. I suppose a psychic sense could have a tweak to it that allowed one to send the supernatural on their way. If you believe that sort of thing.
…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:|
Verb 2, intransitive & transitive
Verb, transitive 4
|Past tense and past participle of send
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|A bronze coin of the U.S., the 100th part of a U.S. dollar
The 100th part of the monetary units of various other nations, including Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, New Zealand, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda
[Music] One hundredth of a half step
A monetary unit of certain European Union countries, the 100th part of a euro
A distinctive odor, especially when agreeable
An odor left in passing, by means of which an animal or person may be traced
A track or trail as or as if indicated by such an odor
The sense of smell
Small pieces of paper dropped by the hares in the game of hare and hounds
Discern by the sense of smell
Any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body
Their operation or function
A feeling or perception produced through the organs of touch, taste, etc., or resulting from a particular condition of some part of the body
A faculty or function of the mind analogous to sensation
Any special capacity for perception, estimation, appreciation, etc.
[Usually, senses] Clear and sound mental faculties
To grasp the meaning of
[Of certain mechanical devices] To detect physical phenomena, as light, temperature, radioactivity, etc., mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically
[Computers] To read (punched holes, tape, data, etc.) mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically
A coin of Estonia until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a kroon
To dispatch a messenger, agent, message, etc.
[Electricity] To transmit a signal
To send a messenger
To cause to be conveyed or transmitted to a destination
To order, direct, compel, or force to go
To direct, propel, or deliver to a particular point, position, condition, or direction
To emit, discharge, or utter (usually followed by off, out, or through)
To cause to occur or befall
[Electricity] To transmit a signal
[Electricity] To transmit (an electromagnetic wave or the like) in the form of pulses
|The American cent was made of steel during part of 1943.
A nickel is worth five cents.
So put your two cents in, if you’re so smart.
She saved every cent possible.
He hadn’t yet earned a cent.
Twelve-tone equal temperament divides the octave into 12 semitones of 100 cents each.
I adore the scent of roses.
The dogs lost the scent and the prisoner escaped.
The classic scents are Chanel No. 5, Joy, L’Air du Temps, Shalimar, and Miss Dior.
There was a scent in the air that revved up his appetite.
a remarkably keen scent
He’s laying a scent trail.
The glass of tea was scented with lemon balm.
A shark can scent blood from well over half a mile away.
He was a commander who scented victory.
The bull advanced, scenting the breeze at every step.
My sense of smell is out of whack.
People have no idea how much they rely on their five senses.
to have a sense of cold
the moral sense
a sense of humor
Have you taken leave of your senses?
The early computers sensed the holes and their arrangement in punch cards which was interpreted as data.
the first coins of this currency were issued, nickel-bronze 25 senti pieces (Wikipedia).
The ship’s radio sends on a special band of frequencies.
to send a letter
The president sent troops to Asia.
to send a punch to the jaw
The punch sent the fighter reeling.
The lion sent a roar through the jungle.
The people beseeched Heaven to send peace to their war-torn village.
|Adjective: nonscented, overscented, scentless
Verb, transitive: outscent
|Adjective: half-sensed, unsensed, unsensing
|send away for
send off for
send out for something
send someone down [British]send someone off
send someone up
send something in
send something off
send something on
send something out
send something up
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 1325–75
Middle English from the Latin centēsimus meaning hundredth (by shortening), equivalent to centum, which stands for 100 (see hundred) + -ēsimus ordinal suffix.
|First known use: 1325–75||First known use: 1350–1400||First known use: before 900
Middle English senden, Old English sendan.
It relates to the German senden, Gothic sandjan (causative) from the Germanic base *sinth-, *santh- meaning go, whence Old English sīth meaning journey, sand meaning message, messenger.
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!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Packing and Crating” by Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer is in the public domain; “Neus1” is LHOON’s own work and “Canadian Coins” By Morgan (Flickr: 069.365 – March 10, 2010 (356 (Y2)) are both under the CC BY 2.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons; and, DKNY Golden Delicious perfume.