I was reading the latest in a series I adore and kept running across martial being used erroneously. It drove me mad!
“…in time for them to martial their forces…”
“…angry energy and the need to martial her forces…”
“The Emperor was not best pleased and has been martialing the full force of his concentration.”
Please, please keep in mind that martial is an adjective. It is not used as a verb.
You may want to explore the post, “Marital versus Martial” for those differences.
…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.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: marshal; Merriam-Webster: marshal; Oxford Dictionary: marshal|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, transitive||Noun; Proper Noun;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
An officer of the highest rank in the armed forces of some countries, including France
[U.S.] A federal or municipal law officer
An official responsible for supervising public events, especially sports events or parades
A higher officer of a royal household or court
[U.K.] An official accompanying a judge on circuit to act as secretary and personal assistant
[Heraldry] Combine coats of arms, typically to indicate marriage, descent, or the bearing of office
[Legal] To fix the order of assets with respect to liability or availability for payment of obligations
|The double-elled version is primarily British
(see marshal on the left)
|Of or appropriate to war
Characteristic of or befitting a warrior
Joachim Murat was a Marshal of France.
• chiefly historical a high-ranking officer of state.
Marshal Dillon was a character on Gunsmoke.
Deputy marshals are fully sworn state law enforcement officers with statewide authority.
Every state in the United States has a state fire marshal.
Louis Zamperini was elected as the 2015 Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade, but died before the event.
The judge, marshal supervisor, prosecutor and other participants develop a plan designed to anticipate the security needs during trial.
The next day federal marshals brought him back to Baltimore, where he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
He paused for a moment, as if marshaling his thoughts.
She carefully marshaled her thoughts before answering the question.
Both armies marshaled their forces for battle.
The time frame to switch out these many local jobs and marshal the outbound train was tight and required precision work in a small yard.
The usual equipment of a marshaler is a reflecting safety vest, a helmet with acoustic earmuffs, and gloves or marshaling wands — handheld illuminated beacons.
Thus, when more than one different coat of arm is marshaled on a shield, through descent from heraldic heiresses, it was placed “quarterly”.
(add an extra “l” to marshal on the left)
Thurgood Marshall was the first black justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
George Marshall initiated the Marshall Plan at the end of World War II.
Marshall Field started the department store named for himself in 1881.
Marshall McLuhan is known for “the medium is the message”.
|Martial bravery and prudence don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.
The ancient Romans were a martial people.
“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” was a popular martial tune in World War I.
He affected a martial stride.
Martial arts are intended as a form of attack or self-defense.
Let’s hope we never experience martial law in the U.S.
|Noun: marshalcy, marshaler, marshalling yard, marshalship, submarshal, undermarshal
Verb, transitive: remarshal, remarshaled, remarshaling
|Noun: marshaller [British], marshalling yard
Verb, transitive: remarshalled [British], remarshalling [British]
Noun: martialism, martialist, martialness
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English denoting a high-ranking officer of state is from the Old French maréschal meaning blacksmith, commander, from the late Latin mariscalcus, from Germanic elements meaning horse and servant.||Late Middle English from the Old French or from the Latin martialis, which is from Mars.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?