Even though part of the definition for tack is “a method of dealing with a situation or problem”, and would seem to be the same as tact‘s polite way of dealing with a situation or problem, tack is a direction in which to choose to be tactful.
Tack has a great many meanings — most of them being about direction — but others involve fastening, physical items — and verbs!
Tact itself is about manners, being polite and considerate.
…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:|
|Noun 1, 2; Mass Noun 3;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Small, sharp, broad-headed nail
Long stitch used to fasten fabrics together temporarily, prior to permanent sewing
Method of dealing with a situation or problem
[Sailing] An act of changing course by turning a vessel’s head into and through the wind, so as to bring the wind on the opposite side
[Sailing] A rope for securing the weather clew of a course
Quality of being sticky
Equipment used in horseback riding, including the saddle and bridle 2
Mass Noun 3:
[Sailing] Change course by turning a boat’s head into and through the wind
To equip a horse with tack
|Adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues|
He sat on a tack.
As she could not stop him from going, she tried another tack and insisted on going with him.
The brig bowled past on the opposite tack.
Cooking the sugar to caramel gives tack to the texture.
Put that tack up when you’re back from your ride.
He ordered us to tack at once.
Can you tack my horse up quickly?
She tacked the side seams together.
He had long-term savings plans with some life insurance tacked on.
You should tack that rug down.
|The inspector broke the news to me with tact and consideration.
That guy has no tact, breaking up with her like that!
|Adjective: tackie, tackless, tacky, tackier, tackiest, ticky-tack, ticky-tacky
Noun: tacker, tackiness
|Adjective: tactful, tactless
Adverb: tactfully, tactlessly
Noun: tactfulness, tactlessness
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English (in the general sense that something that fastens one thing to another
It’s probably related to the Old French tache, meaning clasp, large nail.
|Mid-17th century and denoting the sense of touch. Via the French from the Latin tactus, meaning touch, a sense of touch, from tangere, meaning to touch.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?