Revised as of 20 August 2017
The “music” of clamber and clamor caught my attention and was not a word confusion in someone’s story. Yes, I do get interested in “confusions” for their own sake. It’s not always a writer!
In this case, a hiker may make a clamor as he clambers up a cliff — all that noise of rocks falling, as he scrambles up, using his hands and feet to make it to the top.
…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: clamor|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Singular Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Singular Noun 1; Verb, intransitive 1 & transitive 1, 2
An awkward and laborious climb or movement
Climb, move, or get in or out of something in an awkward and laborious way, typically using both hands and feet
A loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting vehemently
[Obsolete] To silence 2
It was a clamber up the cliff path.
We clambered over the rocks along the seashore.
One of the men clambered to the top of the cabin.
The questions rose to a clamor.
There was the growing public clamor for more policemen on the beat.
A clamor outside woke them in the night.
The city streets were filled with a horrible clamor.
Scientists are clamoring for a ban on all chlorine substances.
The public clamored for his impeachment.
They clamored their demands at the meeting.
A crowd clamored outside Frankenstein’s castle.
|Noun: clamberer||Adjective: clamorous
Noun: clamorer, clamourer, clamorist, clamorousness
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English and probably from clamb, an obsolete past tense of climb.||1 Late Middle English via Old French from the Latin clamor, from clamare meaning cry out.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?