Revised as of 23 August 2017
I was watching the final episode of The Unit — and just to make sure it was the last one, I read the episode summary. Oops. “The Unit must locate and diffuse three sets of dirty bombs…” Now, I’m guessing they did not intend to ensure the bombs dispersed, and if an editor had edited this summary, they’d’a caught it. ‘Cause I’m damn sure they meant for The Unit to defuse those bombs.
I suppose they could’a meant a stink bomb…you know how the boys are in trying to spread those around…
…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:|
|Verb, transitive||Adjective; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
|Reduce the danger or tension
Remove the fuse from (an explosive device) in order to prevent it from exploding
Spread out over a large area
|The bomb squad tried to defuse the grenade.
He had the ability to defuse tense moments with humor.
The Unit must locate and defuse three sets of dirty bombs.
The diffuse community centered on the church.
Depending on the shot, a photographer may use tools to create a more diffuse light.
The second argument is more diffuse.
Oxygen molecules diffuse across the membrane.
Gas is diffused into the bladder.
|Noun: defuser||Adjective: nondiffuse, nondiffused
Noun: diffuseness, diffusion
Verb: interdiffuse, interdiffused, interdiffusing
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English from the Latin diffus- meaning poured out, from the verb diffundere, which is from dis- (away) + fundere (pour). The adjective is via the French diffus or the Latin diffusus meaning extensive from diffundere.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?