A faint can be feinted, but a feint can never faint. It can cause them, though!
…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 1, 2; Predicate Adjective 1;
Noun, singular 1; Verb, intransitive 1
Variant spelling of feint
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Variant spelling of faint
[Of a sight, smell, or sound] Barely perceptible
Close to losing consciousness
A deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement, especially in boxing or fencing
The faint murmur of voices called to me.
There is a faint chance that the enemy may flee.
The faint beat of a butterfly’s wing.
He was damned with faint praise.
The fires were fainting.
He made a brief feint at the opponent’s face.
That attack will be a feint to draw the enemy out.
The Parthian shot is an example of a feint retreat, where mounted Parthian archers would retreat from a battle, and then while still riding, turn their bodies back to shoot at the pursuing enemy.
His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.
|Adjective: fainter, faintest, faintish, faintingly
Adverb: faintingly, faintly
Noun: fainter, faintishness
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English from the Old French faint. A past participle of faindre.||Late 17th century from the French feinte and a past participle used as a noun of feindre meaning feign.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?