I gotta tell ya…the only place one would encounter a whicker basket is in a fantasy in which normally inanimate objects come alive. I’d surmise that a whickering basket was happy in its home. Now, if we were talkin’ wicker basket, I’d reckon it was made out of a flexible, pliant twig.
…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: wicker|
Audio courtesy of Freesound.org
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive||Adjective; Noun|
The sound of something beating the air
Move with a sound as of something hurtling through or beating the air
Consisting or made of wicker
Covered with wicker
Plaited or woven twigs or osiers as the material of baskets, chairs, etc.
Something made of wickerwork
Whickers from multiple horses whispered in the air.
Te palomino whickered when she saw him and stamped her foreleg.
The soft whicker of the wind flowing through the July corn soothed me.
Oh, Helen, I found the cutest wicker chairs.
What purpose does a wicker-covered jug serve?
Wickerwork exposed to weather will rot.
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-17th century, imitative, in the sense of to snigger or titter.||Middle English of Scandinavian origin. Compare with the Swedish viker meaning willow and related to vika meaning to bend.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?