Ah, history…with such an agrarian theme. Kinda punches up that contrast between real and unreal. Even if “unreal” isn’t part of the focus…*grin*…
The confusion over real and reel isn’t much of a confusion. For reals. It’s more that these two words have been catching my attention for the past few weeks, and I got curious. My besetting sin…*more grins*…
Reels do have a reality to them. In some ways, reels are more real than the real, what with all the philosophical, mathematical, and slang uses for real.
The contrast of words also has me remembering that old Memorex ad: Is it real or is it Memorex? Finding all those images of film and music reels, well, I couldn’t help but reel it all in together.
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|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1; Adverb 1; Noun 2
Noun as a plural: reais, reals
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
Actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact
Not imagined or supposed
[Of a substance or thing] Not imitation or artificial
[Attrib.; informal] Complete
Utter (used for emphasis)
[Attrib.] Adjusted for changes in the value of money
Assessed by purchasing power
[Law] Of fixed property, i.e., land and buildings, as distinct from personal property
[Mathematics; of a number or quantity] Having no imaginary part
[Optics; of an image] Of a kind in which the light that forms it actually passes through it
A cylinder on which film, wire, thread, or other flexible materials can be wound
A lively Scottish or Irish folk dance
Dance a reel
Julius Caesar was a real person.
A story drawing on real events.
Her many illnesses, real and imaginary, have affected all our lives.
There is a real danger of civil war.
The competitive threat from overseas is very real.
“They think there can be nothing real — or at any rate nothing known to be real except minds and their thoughts and feelings.” – Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
The earring was presumably real gold.
His real name is James.
This isn’t my real reason for coming.
He’s my idea of a real man.
Jamie is my only real friend.
The tour turned out to be a real disaster.
Real incomes had fallen by 30 percent.
It was an increase in real terms of 11.6 percent.
He lost nearly all of his real holdings.
A complex number is a number that can be expressed in the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is the imaginary unit, that satisfies the equation i2 = −1 (Wikipedia).
Since we can form an image on a piece of paper, we call this kind of image a real image (Optics 4 Kids).
We found some old film reels in the attic.
Did you find that reel of copper wire I was looking for?
In the final reel, he is transformed from unhinged sociopath into local hero.
Wait’ll you see my new fishing reel.
I don’t know how to dance any reels!?
He played us a reel on his fiddle.
She proceeded to reel off in rapid Italian the various dishes of the day.
She reeled back against the van.
The unaccustomed intake of alcohol made my head reel.
The nationalist government is already reeling from 225 percent monthly inflation.
The two reeled out of the bar arm in arm.
The dancers went reeling across the floor.
|Noun: realness||Noun: reeler|
|reel something off|
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Middle English as a legal term meaning relating to things, especially real property, from the Anglo-Norman French, which is from the late Latin realis, from Latin res meaning thing.
2 An adjective used as a noun from the Portuguese and Spanish, literally royal.
|Old English hrēol, denoting a rotatory device on which spun thread is wound; it’s of unknown origin.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?