I know, how could anyone possibly mistake these two? The number of letters alone should tell ya somethin’.
I gotta wonder if the writer with the rot iron ever experienced root rot or knows anything about wrought iron?
Of course, I suppose he could be talking about iron that’s rusting. That could be considered a rot. One could also be wrought up over a plant that’s suffering root rot. Oh, wait…it was rot iron he was talkin’ about. I dunno. The best interpretation I can come up with is that rotting, er, rusting iron…
|Consider the following:|
Hmmm, sounds like she’s a nasty person.
She’s one upset lady.
|I love rot…
Ewww, the stench of it, the squishiness!
|I love wrought…
Hmmm, wrought iron in those flowing curlicues or being worked up into a state?
|I have rot.
Damn, that’s a shame. Any chance you can change out the soil in the pot?
|I have wrought.
Cool. What did you make?
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: wrought|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb, intransitive & transitive 2||Adjective; Verb
Past tense or past participle of work
The process of decaying
To become unsound or weak (as from use or chemical action)
[Of metals] Beaten out or shaped by hammering
Processed for use
The leaves were turning black with rot.
She was busy cutting the rot from the potatoes.
That’s a lot of rot!
It was when they moved back to the family home that the rot set in.
You’ve been overwatering again. This plant has root rot.
Heart rot causes decay in a tree’s heartwood.
Don’t talk rot.
He cannot understand the way the education system has been allowed to rot.
New Orleans is known for its delicate-looking wrought iron balconies.
“Whosoever shall bring into this realm any wrought silk to be sold, concerning the mystery of silk-workers, shall forfeit the fame…” (Great Britain).
It was a carefully wrought essay.
I love all the curlicues in that wrought iron gate!
She was obviously wrought up over something.
|Adjective: rotten||Adjective: wrought up
Noun: wrought iron
|History of the Word:|
|1 First known use: 14th century from the Middle English and may have come via Scandinavia||First known use: 13th century|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?