I don’t know why, but I never expected to need a word confusion on trail versus trial. Silly, really, since that i and l combination is always a problem, and it’s the most likely reason I ran across someone who was on trail for embezzlement.
It would have made sense if the forensic accountant had been on the trail, but these characters were in a courtroom. I generally associate trial with courtrooms.
…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, intransitive & transitive 2
Verb, intransitive & transitive 4
A mark or a series of signs or objects left behind by the passage of someone or something
A beaten path through rough country such as a forest or moor
Short for trailer (in the sense of an excerpt or series of excerpts from a movie or program used to advertise it in advance; a preview)
The rear end of a gun carriage, resting or sliding on the ground when the gun is unlimbered
Walk or move slowly or wearily
Advertise (something, especially a film or program) in advance by broadcasting extracts or details.
Apply slip through a nozzle or spout to decorate ceramic ware
A formal examination of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings
A test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something
A person, thing, or situation that tests a person’s endurance or forbearance
There was a trail of blood on the grass.
Police followed his trail to Atlantic City.
I love the look of a house entangled in trails of ivy.
Follow the trail of those ants and find out how they’re getting into the house.
The political candidates on are the campaign trail.
Which trail do you want to run this afternoon?
The roses grew wild, their stems trailing over the banks.
The Packers were trailing 10–6 at halftime.
She trailed behind, whimpering at intervals.
Her voice trailed away.
We trailed the bear to his den.
Trail the green slip in a squiggle design.
He’s on trial for murder.
It’s at the trial-and-error stage.
The newspaper accounts of the trial were sensational.
The editor was summoned to stand trial for libel.
Clinical trials must establish whether the new hip replacements are working.
They’re just beginning the horse trials.
Ah, yesss, the trials and tribulations of married life.
|Verb: [British] trialled, trialling|
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English which originally denoted the train of a robe, later generalized to denote something trailing.
2 Middle English from the Old French traillier meaning to tow or Middle Low German treilen meaning haul (a boat), based on the Latin tragula meaning dragnet, from trahere meaning to pull.
|3 Late Middle English from Anglo-Norman French, or from medieval Latin triallum
4 First known use: 1980s
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?