Revised as of 13 October 2017
Whether or not we brave the weather is all about choices. Whether we want to take the chance of being stuck in a snowdrift, planing across the road due to too much rain, or enduring the glare of the sun through the windshield. Choosing to be prepared for whatever the weather may throw at you.
A different version of wether popped up with a more solid appearance on the landscape — as opposed to the more ephemeral weather or the abstract whether. This wether is generally considered a stubborn critter…much like myself.
…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. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun
A change in the atmosphere
[Falconry (use weathering] Allow a hawk to spend a period perched on a block in the open air
Literal; metaphorical] Come safely through a storm
[Architecture] Make boards or tiles overlap downward to keep out rain
[Nautical; of a ship, mariner, etc.] To pass or sail to the windward of something
|Male sheep or ram
||whether or no is a common phrase used to indicate choices or possibilities
Expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives
Or is usually in there somewhere
Expressing an inquiry or investigation (usually through an indirect question)
Hmmm, I wonder what the weather will be like when we get there?
Keep a weather eye on that storm coming in.
Those stone walls must provide good shelter from the wind and weather.
If the weather’s good, we can go for a walk.
You’re making heavy weather of digging over the garden, Henry.
No, I’m just feeling under the weather these days.
She remained a good friend in all weathers.
Get to the weather side of the yacht!
His face was weathered from all the exposure to the elements.
The cliff face was weathered from the wind and waves pounding against it.
Be sure to weather those boards.
She weathered the cape in style.
|“And Osgar got up, but the wether put him down under one of his feet, so that it had now the three men under him.” – Lady I. A. Gregory, Gods and Fighting Men
“Choose a fine-grained leg of wether mutton, of twelve or fourteen pounds weight; cut it ham shape, and let it hang two days.” – Mary Eaton, The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches
I’m going whether you like it or not.
Well, it’s a question of whether or no the storm comes in as expected.
I’ll see whether she’s home (the or not is implied).
I like whichever one of the two you like.
Noun: weatherer, weathering
|History of the Word:|
|Old English weder is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch weer and the German Wetter.||Old English of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch weer and the German Widder.||Old English hwæther, hwether is of Germanic origin and related to the German weder meaning neither.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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