I’ll take a whinny over a whiny any day. Whether it’s a child or a nagging person, I’d much rather listen to a horse. I’ll bet you’d rather listen to a horse’s whinny over me whining on about what irritates me about authors’ spelling habits or what I’m whinging on about in a book someone wrote…*grin*…
I have occasionally read of a person who has a laugh that sounds like a whinny. It’s an excellent use of adjective to project the sense of a cringing, fawning, or handwashing sort of person. Someone who’s either too timid for words *gag*, is sucking up to others, or one who’s hiding his (or her) evil light beneath a camouflage that includes a braying laugh.
…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; Merriam-Webster|
|Part of Grammar:|
Alternative spelling: whiney
Gentle, high-pitched neigh
|Long, high-pitched, complaining cry
Complaining tone of voice
We heard a whinny in the distance.
That poor horse’s whinnies became increasingly weak.
Flicka gave a soft whinny when she saw Annabelle.
I knew it was a whinny of delight as Blackie pranced up to the fence for her carrot.
Geez, Mabel whinnied like a horse in heat when she laughed.
I heard the horse whinnying.
She gave another high-pitched whinny and posed beside him.
|She had a whiny voice.
Someone needs a nap ’cause they’re getting whiny.
God, woman, must you be whinging on all the time?
|Adjective: whining, unwhining
Comparative Adjectives: whinier, whiniest
Adverb: unwhiningly, whiningly
Noun: whine, whiner, whininess
Verb: whine, whined, whining
|History of the Word:|
|1 From the early 19th century.||1850-55: whine + -y evolved from the 1520-30 whine and ultimately imitative; compare to the Latin hinnire.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?