It really grates on me when people get all grand and great in their writing…sigh… Can you imagine a sentence like how grate thou art? Yep, I’d be thinking that there thou is pretty irritating. Quite a difference from a sentence like how great thou art.
…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:|
|Adjective; Noun 1;
Verb, intransitive & transitive2
|Adjective; Adverb; Noun (and sometimes a plural noun|
Of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average
Of ability, quality, or eminence considerably above the normal or average
Denoting the element of something that is the most important or the most worthy of consideration
[In combination; in names of family relationships] Denoting one degree further removed upward or downward
[Greats; British; Informal] Another term for Literae Humaniores
I love to use grated cheese for my grilled cheese sandwiches.
Did you clean the barbecue grate?
Reach down through the grate and grab that gun.
Please oil the hinges on that door! The squeak is grating on me!
He had a juvenile streak that grated on her nerves.
Hash browns require you to grate the potatoes.
I would love to walk the Great Wall of China and dive the Great Barrier Reef.
She showed great potential as an actor.
There was a great social gulf between them.
Mary had this great big grin on her face when I came home.
You great lumbering ox!
Ever since Jaws, I’ve been terrified of great white sharks.
The Greater Denver area has a great bus system.
Great art has the power to change lives.
Alexander the Great, Alfred the Great, Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, Mangrai the Great, and Yu the Great are among a number of great rulers throughout history.
This has been another great year.
What a great guy!
“Great!” said Tom.
John Nash was a brilliant man, great at mathematics.
The great thing is the challenge.
I am a great fan of Dorothy Dunnett’s.
Abraham Lincoln was among the greats.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English meaning a grating from the Old French and based on the Latin cratis meaning hurdle.||Old English grēat meaning big. It’s related to the Dutch groot and the German gross.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?