Oh, the deer dear…oops, I meant the dear deer. Huh?
Funny how switching those two homophones around can make such a difference in understanding. It brought me up short when I saw the first pair. Deer dear? What does that even mean? Once I put the story on “pause”, and re-read it after transposing the words, dear deer made more sense and continued that theme of sweetness and light in this children’s book on nature.
…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: dear|
|Part of Grammar:|
Alternative spelling: dere;
Adverb; Exclamation; Noun
Plural for noun: dears
Be sure to explore the rules on capitalization for dear as a noun.
Plural for noun: deer (most common), deers (rare)
Regarded with deep affection
Cherished by someone
|[Family] Cervidae includes several genera and many species.
A hoofed grazing or browsing animal, with branched bony antlers that are shed annually and typically borne only by the male
[N. Canada] Another name for caribou
He is a dear friend.
She is very dear to me.
Martin, my dear fellow, I have some bad news for you.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Such a dear little puppy. What’s his name?
Run for dear life!!
It’s quite dear at the price.
It was a wish dear to her heart.
It’s a beautiful dress, but rather dear at the price.
That Ferrari cost me dear.
She is such a dear.
You’re a dear to help me with my yardwork.
|Yesterday a deer came through our yard with her fawn.
You going deer hunting this fall, Paul?
Be careful along this road, as a herd of deer like to cross just around the next curve.
|Adjective: dearer, dearest
Noun: dearie, dearies, dearness, deary
|History of the Word:|
|Old English dēore is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch dier meaning beloved, as well as to the Dutch duur and the German teuer meaning expensive.||Old English dēor, also originally denoting any quadruped, used in the (now archaic) phrase small deer meaning small creatures collectively. Of Germanic origin, it is related to the Dutch dier and the German Tier.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?