There are some instances in which read and red sound alike (a homophone), but they will never mean the same. Don’t make me read about the boy who red his book again!
…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, usually in the singular; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Adjective 1
[US] A person’s interpretation of something
The action or practice of a person who reads
[Speech] The oral interpretation of written language
The interpretation given in the performance of a dramatic part, musical composition, etc.
The extent to which a person has read
Matter read or for reading
The form or version of a given passage in a particular text
An instance or occasion in which a text or other matter is read or performed, usually without elaborate preparation and often as a means of testing its merits
[Chiefly British] Study an academic subject at a university
Inspect and record the figure indicated on (a measuring instrument)
Inspect and record the figure indicated on a measuring instrument
[Of a computer] Copy, transfer, or interpret data
Hear and understand the words of someone speaking on a radio transmitter
Of a color at the end of the spectrum next to orange and opposite violet, as of blood, fire, or rubies
[Informal; chiefly derogatory; always capitalized] Communist or socialist (used especially during the Cold War with reference to the former Soviet Union)
[Archaic or literary] Stained with blood or involving bloodshed or violence
A red thing or person, in particular:
[Also Red; informal; chiefly derogatory] A communist or socialist
[the red; from the conventional use of red ink to indicate debt items] The situation of owing money to a bank or making a loss in a business operation
I suspect their read on the national situation may be correct.
My read on the guy is that he’s cheating on you.
The book is a thoroughly entertaining read.
I’d like your read on the artwork here.
It’s an interesting reading of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Marian believes urban fantasies make the best reading.
The minor actors are doing a reading this afternoon.
I’ll read to you if you like.
Only three of the girls could read and none could write.
I read about the course in a magazine.
The brief note read like a cry for help.
The placard read “We want justice”.
Jamie read for part in Death of a Salesman.
I can’t believe the thermometer read 0° C.
He went to Manchester to read for a BA in Economics.
I never learned to read music.
Emily read over her notes.
The charges against him were read out.
His mother read him a bedtime story.
He reads Mad all the time.
He was arrested yesterday — I read it in the paper.
She looked down, terrified that he would read fear on her face.
He didn’t dare look away, in case his fear was read as a sign of weakness.
For madam read madman.
He had to read the light meter again, as he didn’t believe the reading he was getting.
I’ve come to read the gas meter.
I’m reading English at Cambridge.
Has the hard drive read those files yet?
“Do you read me? Over.”
Yeah, I can read between the lines, you jerk.
Mary could read Peter like a book.
It’s as if he can read my mind!
Hey, baby…read my lips.
Her ruby red lips was sippin’ on sweet tea…” – Jake Owen, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.
There were some red faces at headquarters.
Her eyes were red and swollen.
She was proud of her long, red hair.
Chianti is a red wine.
That red flag means he’s carrying explosives.
The force went on red alert.
The blue/red run from Cortina’s Lagazuoi peak is said to be remarkable.
Mesons can be colorless by having a red and an “anti-red” quark (HyperPhysics).
Those red commies will tear down our country, if they have their way.
“To have a thousand with red burning spits / Come hissing in upon ’em,” – Shakespeare, King Lear
Their work is marked in red by the teacher.
Joan and Henry loved the reds and browns of the wood.
She should not wear red.
We could have a red wine with cacciatore.
Pete and Mikey hit the red light district in Amsterdam.
A number of players in Hollywood were persecuted for being Reds.
The company was $4 million in the red.
They would have been struggling to keep their businesses out of the red.
Even those small declines in revenue can soon send an airline plunging into the red.
Noun: nonreading, reader, reading
|read something into
read someone out of
read up on something
read out of
read up on
|History of the Word:|
|Old English rǣdan is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch raden and German raten meaning advise or guess. Early senses included advise and interpret (a riddle or dream).||1 Old English rēad is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch rood and German rot, which are from an Indo-European root shared by Latin rufus, ruber, the Greek eruthros, and the Sanskrit rudhira- meaning red.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?