I read about the woman who sacheted into the room, just as I’d taken a gulp of my lemonade…and promptly spewed it out. Considering that sachet is a noun, there is no way anyone could sachet. You can use a sachet, make a sachet, give ’em away as gifts, but since it is not a verb, there is no way someone can sachet as a movement.
I suppose one could sashay over to someone to hand them a sachet or six, but it’s still not sacheting.
…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; Dictionary.com: sachet and sashay|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive 1|
|A small perfumed bag used to scent clothes
[British] A small sealed envelope, usually made of plastic or paper, for containing sugar, salt, shampoo, etc.
[In American square dancing] A figure in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps
Perform the sashay
|I like to tuck a lavender sachet under my bed pillows.
Instead of mothballs, consider a sachet of lavender, rosemary, cedar, and/or bay leaves to put in with your woolen sweaters.
George always takes the soap and shampoo sachets in every hotel he stays in.
They performed the sashay and then the half sashay like champions.
He called for a Half Sashay, a sideways DoSaDo to end back where you started.
“Promenade a full 3/4, Grand Square, Half Sashay, Roll Away with a Half Sashay, Ladies In, Men Sashay…”
Helen just sashayed in as if she belonged there.
We sashayed left in a counter-clockwise maneuver.
|Noun: sachet powder|
|History of the Word:|
|1475-85 from Middle French and equivalent to sach-, a combining form of sac + the diminutive -et, from the Latin saccus meaning sack, bag.||1 Mid-19th century as an alteration of chassé.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?