I’ve done it again. Got all up in my own self-righteous belief that garnish and garnishee are two different critters. Turns out that in legal terms, you can garnish or garnishee, ya just can’t garnishee up that garnish order with flourishes and pretty scribbles. That’d be strictly garnish on a garnishee order.
Food, on the other hand, is strictly for garnishing.
I gotta say, I do interpret garnish as strictly prettifying. When I read that his wages were garnished, I get to wondering what they were garnished with…a white paper frill? Or maybe with parsley… Now, on the other hand, if a couple of es got added in there to make it more of a his wages were garnisheed, I get to wondering how much is being taken out of the poor bastard’s pay.
And yes, part of me is looking for justification in this post for my own perceptions, aaand writers do need to take into account the most common word choices for word confusions like garnish and garnishee. Admittedly, it’s not a word choice one finds in most stories, which means that most of your reading audience won’t know the difference either, which makes it your choice.
…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; Dictionary.com: garnish|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb, transitive 1, 2||Noun; Verb, transitive|
A decoration or embellishment for something, especially food
[Obsolete] A fee, especially one formerly extorted from new prisoners by inmates of English jails or by the jailer
[Law] Serve with a garnishment
A third party who is served notice by a court to surrender money in settlement of a debt or claim
[As a modifier] A garnishee order
I do like using edible flowers as a garnish.
The amount and style of garnish applied to clothing has varied throughout history.
I do like a well-garnished joint of roast beef on a hot dish.
The IRS garnished his earnings.
During the Regency period, men wore knee breeches and jackets that were highly garnished for formal events.
We need to serve this garnishee order.
Oh yay! The judge issued a garnishee order.
The payroll department handles garnishee orders.
My ex is gonna get his wages garnisheed.
Noun: garnisher, garnishment
Verb, transitive: overgarnish, regarnish, undergarnish
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English in the sense of equip or arm from the Old French garnir and probably of Germanic origin.||Middle English as a derivative word from garnish and from the Germanic warnjan meaning to guard through the Old French garnir|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?