Revised as of 27 August 2017
I’d like to think that someone simply misspelled fantasize, but after typing fanaticize over and over, no. I had to really concentrate on hitting each key to be sure I spelled it correctly, so I know this must have been on purpose. One about which I have no clue.
Wait. Okay. Maybe a fantasy can be fanaticizing. I do tend to see fanatacize as a negative, but there really isn’t a reason that fantasies have to be positive. I suppose one could get excited about becoming a suicide bomber. Urkhh.
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.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Merriam-Webster: fanaticize and fantasize|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Verb, intransitive & transitive
[British] fantasise, fantasising
Variant spelling: [Archaic; Psychology and psychiatry] Phantasize
To act with or show fanaticism
Indulge in daydreaming about something desired
Create or develop imaginative and often fantastic views or ideas
Portray in the mind
Many idiots fanaticized themselves into blowing themselves up, believing they’re serving a higher purpose.
He sometimes fantasized about emigrating.
Throughout my childhood, I fantasized about flying, reducing myself in size, being invisible. All the normal fantasies, lol.
I fantasize about chocolate and whipped cream.
As a child, she fantasized about becoming a famous actress.
|Adjective, attributive, Noun: fanatic, fanatics||Noun: fantasist, fantasizer|
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 1705||First known use: 1926|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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