It was disconcerting to read of the aide that was being given to a group of refugees. Now, I’m not sure if he (or she??) was being handed over to be a meal or a servant. Either way, it was grim.
If they’d said aid, that I would have understood. ‘Cause, ya know, refugees need help. And that’s what aid is, assistance, support, saving someone’s bacon…not being the bacon in this pair of heterographs!
…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:|
|Abbreviation; Noun 1;
Verb 2, intransitive & transitive
Agency for International Development
Artificial insemination by donor
Within six weeks, he was walking with the aid of a walker.
They flew in 700,000 tons of food aid.
The Red Cross sends in aid convoys.
The concert was in aid of the earthquakes in Asia.
Exercise is an important aid to recovery after heart attacks.
Computers can be a useful teaching aid.
Diet and exercise aid healthy skin.
Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment
Hospitals are using a lot of nurse’s aides these days.
Students interested in political studies sometimes apply to be congressional aides.
He’s acting as General Marshall’s aide-de-camp as of last Thursday.
|Adjective: aidful, aidless, unaided
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English from the Old French aïde 1, aïdier 2, based on the Latin adjuvare, from ad- (toward) + juvare (to help).||First known use: 1670
From the French ide de camp, meaning literally, camp assistant
Aide alone was first used in 1777.
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!