Reading of a character sheathing his sword got me to wondering what the difference was between sheath and sheathe. Obviously there had to be a difference; why else would
both words exist?
It’s pretty simple. A sheath is a noun, what one sheathes (verb) something into.
|Consider the following:|
|His sword required a sheath.
He needed to put the knife into a casing. Probably didn’t want to stab himself.
|His sword required a sheathe.
Eeek. Sounds like that sword is alive and needed to drink…something… Blood, maybe?
|Sheath those cables.
Hmmm, put a dress on them? Ooh, maybe make the cables into a sheath dress?
|Sheathe those cables.
Insulate those wires before they start a fire.
…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:|
|A close-fitting cover for something, especially something that is elongated in shape, in particular:
||To put a sword, dagger, etc., into a sheath
To plunge a sword, dagger, etc., in something as if in a sheath
To enclose in, or as if in, a casing or covering
To cover or provide with a protective layer or sheathing
To cover a cable, electrical connector, etc., with a metal sheath for grounding
To withdraw a claw into a sheath
|I’m so relieved we got those sheaths for the machetes.
The fatty sheath around nerve fibers works to protect those nerves.
She wore a tight sheath of black and gold lurex.
Start by peeling back the sheath on the wiring.
A thin rubber sheath worn on a man’s penis during sexual intercourse as a contraceptive or as protection against infection is known as a condom.
|Joan of Arc sheathed her sword.
He plunged his sword into him as if sheathing it.
She expertly sheathed his penis with a lamb intestine.
They want to sheathe the roof with copper.
You must sheathe electrical wires with an insulator.
He breathed a sign of relief when the tiger sheathed its claws.
Her legs were sheathed in black stockings.
Shipbuilders sometimes sheathed a ship’s bottom with copper for extra protection from barnacles and other threats.
|History of the Word:|
|Old English scǣth, scēath meaning scabbard is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch schede and the German Scheide||First known use: 15th century
Late Middle English shethen from sheath.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?