Word Confusion: Brews versus Bruise

Posted July 2, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Revised as of 19 August 2017

‘Tis the season for brews and bruises — if we ever get more than one day in a row of nice weather! — and I’m content to let the men do as they please with brews and bruises. For the writers among ya, however, I cannot begin to say how confused I was when I read about fighters inflicting brews on each other.

Now, I’ve never known a man who had to be forced to accept a beer. Forced to accept a bruise? Maybe. But it’s not that accepting I’d be!

Word Confusions…

…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.

Brews Bruise
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com

An assortment of three beers in glasses

“Craft Beer at the Taedonggang Microbrewery No. 3” by Uri Tours is under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons

Taedonggang Microbrewery No. 3 is the trendiest bar in Pyongyang and serves up seven different brews.


A bruise post-surgery

“Post-Gallbladder Surgery Bruise” is Rosetheboston’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons

Part of Grammar:
Third person present verb and plural for the Noun: brew 1;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 1, 2

Past tense or past participle: brewed
Gerund or Present participle: brewing

Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: bruises
Past tense or past participle: bruised
Gerund or Present participle: bruising

Noun:
A kind of beer

  • [Informal] A serving of beer

A cup or mug of tea or coffee

A mixture of events, people, or things that interact to form a more potent whole

Verb, intransitive:
To brew beer or ale

To be in the process of forming

Verb, transitive:
To prepare (as beer or ale) by steeping, boiling, and fermentation or by infusion and fermentation

To bring about

  • Contrive

To prepare (as tea) by infusion in hot water

Noun:
An injury appearing as an area of discolored skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels

  • An area of damage on a fruit, vegetable, or plant

Verb, intransitive:
Be susceptible to bruising

  • Crush or pound something

Verb, transitive:
[Bruised is often used as an adjective] Inflict an injury on someone or something causing discoloration of the skin

  • Hurt someone’s feelings
Examples:
Noun:
Have you tried those nonalcoholic brews yet? Some of them aren’t bad.

Let’s grab a few brews.

Ah, now that’s a lovely cup of brew.

It’s a dangerous brew of political turmoil and violent conflict.

Verb, intransitive:
There’s a bad storm brewing out there.

Guinness is brewed in over 49 countries.

Verb, transitive:
Yer ma is brewin’ up the tea now.
I’m brewing up a batch of my October ale.

That Paul! He’s always brewing up trouble.

Let the tea brew for another minute.

Noun:
Just cut the bruise out of the banana, dear.

These apples are full of bruises. We’ll use them for pies and applesauce.

Who gave you those bruises?

Verb, intransitive:
Potatoes bruise easily, so treat them with care.

Bruise the raisins before adding to the mixture.

I bruise easily.

Verb, transitive:
He hit with enough force to bruise her badly.

She tried to bolster her bruised pride.

Derivatives:
Noun: brewer
Verb: brew
Adjective: bruised
History of the Word:
1 First known use: 1510

2 First known use: before 12th century

Middle English, from Old English brēowan; akin to Latin fervēre meaning to boil.

Old English brȳsan meaning crush or injure or damage with a blow, reinforced in Middle English by the Old French bruisier meaning break.

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Pinterest Photo Credits

Budvar-mug is Rude’s own work under the GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 licenses while NCI Visuals Food Beer was photographed by Len Rizzi and is in the public domain. Play Fight by Brocken Inaglory is under the GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 licenses. All three are via Wikimedia Commons.


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