I was reading along and enjoying the thought of the character enjoying her meal, shoveling it in…binging? Binging? Why would she be binging when she’s eating?
I just knew that was wrong. That the proper word was bingeing. And it turns out that I’m half right. The other half? Yep, the half of me that was wrong says binging is the alternative present participle.
So much for my great hoo-rah…*eye roll*…
…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: bing and binge; Merriam-Webster: bing; The Free Dictionary.com: bing|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Exclamation 1; Noun 2, 3, 4, 5; Verb, intransitive 6||[Informal] Noun; Verb, intransitive|
Indicating a sudden action or event
Used to suggest a sharp ringing sound
[Dialectal, British] A heap or pile for storage
A variety of dark red or blackish sweet cherry 3
A search engine on the Internet
A packet of narcotics 4
[Slang] A prison cell used for solitary confinement 5
To search for something on the Internet using Bing
A short period devoted to indulging in an activity to excess, especially drinking alcohol or eating
Bing! They’ve hit you with something.
That’s some bing of potatoes you’ve got.
Bing is not my preferred search engine.
Cherry season is coming up, and I am so looking forward to a bowl full of Bing cherries.
I’ll bing it.
He’s binging the term now.
He went on a binge and was in no shape to drive.
Geez, she’s off on another spending binge.
She’s a binge eater, especially with the chocolate.
She keeps on bingeing and vomiting every day.
|Noun: binger, binging|
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late 19th century and originally imitative dialect in the sense of sudden bang.||Early 19th century is of unknown origin.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?